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Ethylene oxide emissions from 2 plants could have raised cancer risks for Lake County neighbors, report shows

Posted on AllSides June 21st, 2024
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People living near two Lake County industries could face significantly greater risks of developing certain cancers, according to a new federal study based on monitoring of ethylene oxide pollution in surrounding neighborhoods. Emissions of the highly toxic gas from Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee were responsible for long-term cancer risks up to 20 times higher than federal guidelines, the report found. Three miles away, in the southwest corner of Waukegan, the risks posed by Medline Industries’ pollution were up to 10 times greater than 1 cancer case among 10,000 people...

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