Lake County Plant With Ethylene Oxide Shuts Down Temporarily

Associated Press
January 21, 2020 - 8:56 pm

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois healthcare manufacturing company has temporarily closed because it couldn't meet new state standards for ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing chemical.

The Lake County News-Sun reports that Medline Industries in Waukegan is in the process of completing $10 million in upgrades designed to bring the plant into compliance with the state law.

The facility closed about a month ago. Medline spokesman Jesse Greenberg says the company expects to start full operations in a few weeks once the equipment is tested.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is funding testing, which is required for at least 30 days after Medline finishes installing its new equipment.

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