Suit: Sterigenics Plant Caused School Employee Cancers

Jim Gudas
December 27, 2019 - 4:56 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Six former staff members at Hinsdale South High School have filed a lawsuit in Cook County Court against the owners of the now-closed Sterigenics plant in west suburban Willowbrook, claiming the plant was responsible for their cancers.

Attorney Shawn Collins represents the five former-teachers and a former-counselor, who developed either breast cancer or Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Collins blames the cancers on exposure to ethylene oxide, which Sterigenics used to sterilize medical equipment.

Illinois regulators ordered Sterigenics temporarily to stop using ethylene oxide in February. The company announced in September it was closing the plant, even though the state said the plant could reopen if it installed equipment to reduce emissions.

At the time, the company insisted it always followed rules regarding emissions and called claims against it “inaccurate and unfounded.”