A suburban business in Chicago is under scrutiny for implementation of a system in which the way the business allegedly sterilized caused emissions of a cancer-causing substance. The operational facility provides sterilization services to the medical, pharmaceutical and food industries. Ironically, the health damage by its emissions cause might make locals worse off.
Consequently, a change was made to equipment that was being used had been installed. Governor Bruce Rauner then, eventually, requested closing the plant completely which was also co-owned by his former private equity firm. It was not looking good on him and locals were very angry. Whether or not, and the type of action that would have been taken in circumstances, but for, that situation are not known. Local politicians added pressure and since we are dealing with cancer, people are not taking this issue lightly at all.
Right now, as it stands, the Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, believed that further investigations of air quality with analysis by experts would be necessary in order to make a case. Perhaps, the one-off situation is not enough to gauge that there has been negligence or any breach that is substantial. This would constitute as information that only a state or federal Environmental Protection Agency would be able to give in such circumstances.
It was the likelihood of the emissions ranged from “probably carcinogenic” to “carcinogenic to humans,” that became grounds for tests to be expedited. It is speculated that the new system is less harmful, but can the damage be reversed? Even a reduction by 90 percent cannot do much to whatever is out there in the atmosphere. These issues are problematic, affect multiple residents’ health and will require in-depth investigation. A school is even within the vicinity of impact. If a class action arises, this will be one not taken lightly. Continue reading ›