Lawsuits: Medical Plant's Toxins Are Behind Cancer Cases

Andy Dahn
September 27, 2018 - 5:30 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Willowbrook medical supplier that was investigated by federal authorities last year is now being taken to court by residents, who allege officials knowingly put cancer-causing chemicals into the air.

Sue Kamuda has lived blocks away from the Sterigenics International plant since 1985. A number of newly filed lawsuits allege the plant began emitting ethylene oxide in 1984.

In 2007, Kamuda was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"I started shaking I was so mad," Kamuda told reporters on Thursday. "I couldn't believe that this company could have caused this, and who knows if it's coming back? I can't tell you how upset people are. There's so many people that have been sick, and even the people that haven't had it are really worried about their future."

Attorney Jeff Kroll said the company was previously fined for emitting toxic chemicals but continued to gamble.

"The typical cancer study is one in 10,000," Kroll said. "This area is 64 in 10,000. I can guarantee that Sterigenics will say this is just a coincidence. This is far from a coincidence. This was caused by their conduct. That's why this community is outraged and they want this to stop."

A statement from Sterigenics International said, in part, that third-party tests conducted last week found that current emissions are far below EPA standards, while another found no immediate health threat in Willowbrook.