Trump appointee obstructed investigation of Sterigenics, new EPA report says

  • The Sterigenics building in Willowbrook.

    The Sterigenics building in Willowbrook. Courtesy of ABC7 Chicago

Updated 4/16/2021 11:42 PM

Chicago Sun-Times

A senior political appointee in the Trump administration stifled attempts by Chicago-based environmental regulators to investigate and remedy cancer-causing ethylene oxide releases in the Chicago area, a new government report says.


The unnamed official instructed the Chicago office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from inspecting ethylene oxide facilities including the Sterigenics medical sterilization plant in Willowbrook unless asked to by state officials, according to the report from the EPA's inspector general.

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