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Posted on: March 22nd, 2019 by Romanucci & Blandin

Chicago, IL (March 22, 2019) – The new test results shared yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proven what our firms have known for several months – Sterigenics International was releasing extremely dangerous levels of the cancer causing chemical, ethylene oxide (EtO) into the atmosphere until a seal order was placed on the facility.

The seal order was entered on February 15th, and the ambient air monitoring results showed a 90% decrease in EtO concentrations in the air following the closure of Sterigenics’ Willowbrook plant.  This is exceptionally strong evidence that Sterigenics’ operations account for the vast majority of the ethylene oxide concentration in the Willowbrook area’s outdoor air.  

Over the last six months, Sterigenics has blamed the elevated EtO levels on trucks, cars, the facility’s proximity to the highway, cigarettes, fruits, deli meats, and even the human body. Sterigenics has repeatedly denied contributing to elevated levels of EtO even though it has been polluting the class one carcinogen directly into the air for the last 34 years. Today we confirmed the truth—Sterigenics is almost singlehandedly responsible for the massive levels of EtO in Willowbrook and responsible for putting Willowbrook in the top 99.98% of the most toxic areas in the country.

While there was a 90% decrease in the ethylene oxide concentrations following the seal order, the concentrations detected in the days immediately following the seal order—February 19th and 20th, showed higher levels of ethylene oxide when compared to later dates of testing, specifically February 21st-26th.  This is notable as it demonstrates that although the sterilization cycles were no longer running, off-gassing product and product shipped from the Sterigenics facilities likely contribute to the overall ethylene oxide concentrations in the Willowbrook area. 

The repeated denials by Sterigenics that it is not responsible for the carcinogenic emissions only prove further that this is a company who cannot be trusted and will do and say whatever it takes to avoid responsibility. We are disgusted by their actions.

Every day Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., The Collins Law Firm, P.C., Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, Corboy & Demetrio, P.C, Goldberg Weisman Cairo, and Dolan Law are fighting to provide support for individuals and families who are suffering from cancer, birth defects and miscarriages among other catastrophic injuries due to these carcinogenic emissions from the Sterigenics International plant in Willowbrook, Illinois. We must hold Sterigenics accountable for their reckless negligence that has resulted in the needless and continuous poisoning of men, women, and children in Illinois for so many years.

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin has been rated as a leading civil trial practice law firm in Chicago concentering in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, police misconduct, and abuse and sexual misconduct cases. The attorneys at the Chicago law firm represent individuals and their families in catastrophic personal injury matters, wrongful death and workers’ compensation cases. The cases that are referred to Romanucci & Blandin involve accidents or injuries which occurred due to negligence and carelessness on the part of individuals, governmental bodies and corporations of all sizes. Since its inception over 20 years ago, Romanucci & Blandin has secured more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients across the country. For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit or call (312) 458-1000.

About Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge:

Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge (“HME”) is a firm of trial lawyers specializing in mass tort and class action cases. The attorneys at HME practice on a nationwide basis in both federal and state courts and are actively involved in some of the largest and most significant mass tort and class action cases in the country. HME lawyers have particular expertise in toxic torts, carcinogen and environmental exposure, occupational and para-occupational exposure to toxins, and the fields of medical causation, oncology, and epidemiology. For more information about Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge please visit or call (312) 955-0545.

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard:

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard was established by attorney Patrick Salvi in 1982. With offices in Chicago and Waukegan, the firm has 18 lawyers and is supported by more than 35 staff members. The firm represents clients in a variety of medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases. Salvi Law has recovered more than $1.4 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients, including 240 cases resulting in awards of $1 million or more. In 2017, the firm won the largest compensatory personal injury jury verdict in the state of Illinois, $148 million for a dancer paralyzed by a collapsed pedestrian shelter at O’Hare International Airport. The firm has been routinely listed as one of the top law firms in the state with the highest reported settlement totals in the Jury Verdict Reporter / Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Settlement Survey. To contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, please call 312-372-1227 or visit

About Power Rogers & Smith L.L.P:

The attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. have won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients.  In fact, Chicago Lawyer magazine’s Annual Settlement Survey has named our firm the “No. 1 Plaintiff’s Law Firm” in most dollars earned for our clients eight years in a row.  We handle a wide range of cases for plaintiffs including wrongful death, product liability and class actions.  Through the tireless effort and sincere commitment of our attorneys, we have successfully obtained the life-saving compensation and justice our clients deserve, helping to provide them with the opportunity to move forward in their lives.  Not only does our work improve the lives of our clients, it can also bring about important changes in the law by forcing companies to do things the right way and for regulatory agencies to crack down on practices that pose a danger to the public.  When you need a winning attorney in your corner, call on an advocate at our firm.  For more information, please visit or call 312-236-9381. 

About The Collins Law Firm, P.C.:

The Collins Law Firm has built a nationwide reputation for fighting for the victims of environmental contamination. Based in Naperville, Illinois, the Collins Law Firm team of experienced trial lawyers takes the fight to corporations and works to help families by making their neighborhoods safe to live in again and getting them the compensation, they deserve. The Collins Law Firm attorneys have recovered more than $102 million in settlements and judgments related to environmental issues like vapor intrusion, groundwater contamination, and landfill and soil contamination. For more information about The Collins Law Firm, please visit, or call (630) 687-9838.

About Tomasik Kotin Kasserman:

Tomasik Kotin Kasserman cares about our clients. The attorneys at TKK have extensive experience working with victims of chemical exposure and are committed to not only achieving justice for those who have been harmed by corporations, but to enhancing public safety by improving policies, procedures, and regulations. While our record of success speaks for itself, our greatest satisfaction comes from seeing our clients reach a successful conclusion to their case that allows them to move past the damage that was done to them and their families. Find out more by giving us a call 312-605-8800 or visiting us at TKK: Achieving Justice, Enhancing Safety.


About Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.:

Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms. The personal injury law firm represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases and is renowned for its achievements in the courtroom and for its contributions to the community. The firm has acquired nearly $4 billion in settlements and verdicts and has attained more than 600 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million. To contact Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Robert J. Bingle, William T. Gibbs or Kenneth T. Lumb, call 312-346-3191or toll free at 800-356-3191. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about our law firm go to

About Goldberg Weisman Cairo:

Since 1978, GWC has established itself as one of Illinois’ Premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Firms. We have recovered over two billion dollars on behalf of our injured clients and their families. GWC’s team of experienced trial lawyers are leaders in all aspects of civil litigation, including toxic tort and environmental pollution, auto accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and nursing home abuse. With a proven record of success, both in and out of the courtroom, GWC has earned the respect of their adversaries and the deep gratitude of the thousands of clients that they’ve represented. To learn more about GWC, please visit our website at or call us at 312-999-9999.

About Dolan Law:

Dolan Law is dedicated to advocating and representing victims who have been hurt, abused, and traumatized by the wrongful conduct of people and institutions. The trial attorneys here work diligently to obtain justice for their clients, and actively take on challenging cases that make a difference. Dolan Law prides itself on effectively making legislative change through its cases and thinking outside the box when it comes to serving its clients and have consistently obtained top verdicts and resolution in complex civil litigation.

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