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Sterigenics to reopen Willowbrook plant after installing new equipment to reduce emissions of cancer-causing gas

Sterigenics will be cleared to resume operations at its suburban Willowbrook facility after installing new equipment intended to dramatically reduce emissions of cancer-causing ethylene oxide, state and company officials announced Wednesday.

An agreement filed in DuPage County Circuit Court absolves the Oak Brook-based company of any liability with state regulators for past pollution problems. The deal also does not require Sterigenics to pay fines to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, which shut down the facility in February after air quality monitoring recorded spikes of the toxic gas in surrounding neighborhoods.

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