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Law firms representing Sterigenics cancer victims urge Illinois Congressional delegation to decry the EPA waiver of environmental protections as nation battles a pandemic

Posted on: March 27th, 2020 by Romanucci & Blandin

Decision to remove monitoring and civil penalties puts public health at risk

CHICAGO, IL (March 27, 2020) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and the other law firms suing
Sterigenics and other entities for emitting toxic ethylene oxide (EtO) and causing cancers and miscarriages in Willowbrook, Illinois urge Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and the entire Illinois Congressional delegation to join in a strong and swift public outcry over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of March 26, 2020. The EPA has declared a sweeping waiver of environmental protections by allowing industry to stop monitoring, reporting and meeting regulations effective March 13, 2020. The agency erroneously states that the decision is an appropriate response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This rationale, however, in addition to being illogical is also highly flawed, in that the public health crises that will result from this EPA decision will equal or surpass the current pandemic in the weeks and years to come by rolling back decades of progress limiting toxic chemicals and practices across the country. Indeed, the pandemic has nothing to do with EPA regulations.

President Trump is using the novel coronavirus as a smokescreen to pursue his deregulation agenda which has been prominent since he took office over three years ago. These actions will lead to more needless end of life and suffering than the COVID-19 pandemic itself. This decision is shortsighted, and clearly benefits corporate America and will further poison individuals who breathe our country’s air and drink its water.

“EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, at President Trump’s direction, has taken advantage of the public’s primary focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, and has used this time of distraction to further their agenda to unwind the protections for our people and natural resources, to benefit their corporate cronies’ profits in this time of national crisis,” said Antonio Romanucci, Founding Partner at Romanucci & Blandin.

“We urge the Senators and Representatives of Illinois to call out this egregious abuse of power by the Trump Administration and the EPA and demand that the protections be restored immediately,” said Romanucci. “At a time when the fragility of human life and our interconnectedness are very much in the public consciousness, we need our leaders in Washington, D.C. to loudly voice the demand to reinstate all the EPA’s regulatory efforts – now more than ever- to maintain public health for current and future generations. This miscarriage of the public trust took place quietly, and without public comment, and cannot be tolerated.”

Additionally, we urge all citizens to voice their displeasure and concern with this EPA decision by sharing their views with Administrator Wheeler on Twitter @EPAAWheeler.

Antonio Romanucci is the court-appointed Lead Counsel for the legal group suing Sterigenics. Four Co-Lead Counsels were also appointed, including Todd Smith of Power Rogers & Smith L.L.P; Patrick Salvi, II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.; Steven Hart of Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge, LLC; and Shannon McNulty of the Clifford Law Offices.

The Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee includes Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge, LLC; Clifford Law Offices; Tomasik Kotin & Kasserman, LLC; The Collins Law Firm P.C.; and Miner Barnhill & Galland, P.C. Together the firms are fighting to hold Sterigenics accountable for the 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 is a national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from police misconduct, corporate negligence, civil rights actions, medical malpractice, mass torts and class actions. The attorneys’ steadfast commitment to fighting for those seeking justice around the country has helped the firm obtain multiple verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars. The Chicago-based personal injury lawyers are dedicated to providing victims who suffered injury as a result of another’s wrongdoing full and fair compensation in a diligent, professional, skilled and caring manner. The lawyers actively support their communities and provide advocacy at the national, state and local levels on issues that support the U.S. tort system. Founded in 1998, Romanucci & Blandin is widely recognized for representing plaintiffs in numerous practice areas including: personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, pharmaceutical, mass torts, civil rights, police misconduct, excessive force, aviation, product liability and premises liability. For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit www.rblaw.net or call (312) 458-1000.

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 www.prslaw.com or call 312-236-9381.

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.
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 $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients, including 245 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 www.salvilaw.com.

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 www.hmelegal.com or call (312) 955-0545.

About Clifford Law Offices
Clifford Law Offices, a Chicago-based boutique litigation firm, has emerged as a leader in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients since its inception 34 years ago. The firm has established a national reputation, and is consistently named by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country, as well as topping the U.S. News/Best Lawyers in America list as among the best in several areas of law including Commercial Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation; Product Liability Litigation; and Qui Tam Law. The Chicago Lawyer has annually named Clifford Law Offices one of the city’s top firms in its Annual Settlement Survey. Having obtained more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts for its clients in various areas of personal injury and wrongful death, in 2019, the firm achieved the highest combined annual settlement total in personal injury and commercial litigation of all Chicago area firms as reported by the Chicago Lawyer Annual Settlement Survey. Lawyers at the firm, many of whom have obtained record breaking awards for clients, have been recognized over the years for their hard work and the firm’s commitment to excellence, leading it to be named by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country, the Elite Trial Lawyers Award and the top 20 Plaintiff’s Hot List. The philosophy of Clifford Law Offices is based upon a dedication to protecting and preserving the dignity and rights of all individuals. To find out more about the firm, go to www.CliffordLaw.com or call 312-899-9090.

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 www.collinslaw.com/Environmental- Litigation/, 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 TKKlaw.com. TKK: Achieving Justice, Enhancing Safety.

About Miner, Barnhill & Galland
Founded in 1971, MBG represents a broad range of individual, government, non-profit and corporate clients with offices in Chicago, Ill., and Madison, Wis. The firm is nationally known for its class action practice in civil rights, employment rights, voting rights, predatory lending, and more, as well as for complex litigation against government fraud. Its growing environmental practice includes individual and organizational representations, regulatory enforcement, and
private law claims to protect the environment, people and their property from corporate polluters. Distinguished MBG alumni include a MacArthur Foundation fellow, several law professors at leading American universities, and President Barack Obama. For more information, visit www.LawMBG.com.

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