SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Legislation supported by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, to protect residents from the harmful effects of ethylene oxide by limiting emissions and setting a goal to phase out use of the chemical by 2023 recently passed the House and will be considered by the Senate.
“This legislation is critical to the well-being of Illinois residents, as we are able to limit carcinogenic toxins from being released into our air,” Mussman said. “Though more work needs to be done, this legislation is an important step toward improving the health of Illinois communities and ensuring that no more children are exposed to a known cancer-causing chemical.”
Mussman backed House Bill 3888, an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act, which adds a wide array of regulations on the use of ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment. The legislation also would require air monitoring for all ethylene oxide emission points, specific reporting by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on ethylene oxide emissions in Illinois communities, and increased transparency to the public.
“I applaud my colleagues that stood with the people of Illinois to ensure that the usage of this harmful chemical is phased out,” Mussman said. “I urge fellow lawmakers to recognize the importance of this legislation and prioritize the quality of our air and the health of our residents.”