EPA Aims to Limit Air Emissions From Carcinogenic Sterilizer
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal for updated hazardous air pollutant rules on Tuesday, targeting worker and resident protections for commercial sterilizer plants using ethylene oxide, or EtO.
The Clean Air Act proposal would require 86 commercial sterilizers across the US to adopt tighter rules and advanced control technology that would reduce emissions of the carcinogenic chemical by 80%, according to the agency.
This action—and another for chemical manufacturing plants announced last week— comes after a nine-month review of elevated cancer risk in communities that surround EtO facilities.
Bloomberg Law, 12-04-23