Willowbrook Mayor Not Sorry To See Sterigenics Leave

Steve Miller
September 30, 2019 - 5:06 pm

(image courtesy: Willowbrook village website)

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WILLOWBROOK (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After more than three decades in Willowbrook, Sterigenics abruptly announced Monday afternoon that it's leaving, following a year of headlines about the plant's potentially cancer-causing emissions.

In the end, Sterigenics was only permitted by the state to release a small fraction of the ethylene oxide emissions it had released two years ago.

In its farewell press release, Sterigenics referred to Illinois' "unpredictable legislative and regulatory landscape."

Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla said he is relieved and grateful that Sterigenics is going.

"If you Google my town today, the first thing that comes up is an advertisement for cancer attorneys,” he told WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller.

"If you Googled my town 15 months ago, it would've been a beautiful park or something else.”

He wondered how long that online association will endure.

Mayor Trilla estimated 30 jobs are being lost with Sterigenics' departure. But he said a few other companies were contemplating leaving if Sterigenics had stayed.