Environment, Local

Georgia Lawmaker Calls For Investigation Into EPD’s Handling Of Ethylene Oxide

Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan, shown last year, spoke with WABE’s Jim Burress about the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and gives an update in the local ethylene oxide issue.
Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan, shown last year, spoke with WABE’s Jim Burress about the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and gives an update in the local ethylene oxide issue.
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A state senator is calling for an investigation into the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Democratic Sen. Jen Jordan worries EPD failed to act when it found high levels of ethylene oxide near the Sterigenics plant in Smyrna.

That company uses the chemical gas to sterilize medical equipment. ETO also has a direct link to increased cancer risks, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

On Monday’s “All Things Considered,” Jordan sat down with WABE host Jim Burress to give an update on the latest in the ethylene oxide scare.