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*** UPDATED x1 *** Governor’s office expresses frustration over Sterigenics issue

Friday, Feb 8, 2019

* You will recall that Gov. Pritzker and Attorney General Raoul announced a meeting between the Illinois EPA, the US EPA and Sterigenics yesterday.

I followed up today to see what happened. From the governor’s office…

While there were several issues discussed Thursday with representatives from the U.S. EPA, Sterigenics and the Illinois EPA, this administration must see more immediate, concrete steps taken to secure residents’ health and safety. In the absence of concrete steps, we will work with the Office of the Attorney General to exercise all available legal authority to protect the community.

Sounds like nothing much happened.

*** UPDATE *** From the AG’s office…

Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office participated in a meeting yesterday with representatives from the Illinois EPA, the U.S. EPA and Sterigenics. We continue to urge the U.S. EPA to act immediately and decisively to protect the health and safety of families living near the Willowbrook facility, and we will work with Governor Pritzker’s administration to exercise all available legal authority if necessary. Due to the urgency of this situation, the Attorney General’s Office, along with DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s Office, will file a brief this afternoon urging the federal court to remand the ongoing lawsuit back to state court as quickly as possible.

Not sure what that’ll do, but OK.

* Related…

* Local Elected Officials Call on EPA to Shut Down Willowbrook Sterigenics: Congressman Dan Lipinski and Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, along with other elected officials, are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to “immediately shut down Sterigenics in Willowbrook.” Joining Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla and other elected leaders, the group plans to host a press conference outside the EPA Region 5 building in downtown Chicago.

* Burr Ridge Calls For Immediate Shutdown Of Sterigenics

- Posted by Rich Miller        

9 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 3:27 pm:

    Don’t tell me your problems, tell me your solutions.

    You and Raoul wanted the gigs, so get at it. You should have been ready to go to court on Day One. Giddyup.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 3:32 pm:

    Can’t tell me a Guv and AG can’t figure a way to get this to a court injunction, legally and within the rule of law.

    It’s a tad confusing.


  3. - Deadbeat Conservative - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 3:44 pm:

    I’m frustrated to but…

    - Maybe they should bring Back The Owl on contract to deal with it.


  4. - Roman - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 3:46 pm:

    == Not sure what that’ll do, but OK. ==

    Maybe there’s a provision of state law that makes it easier to a state judge to shut it down?


  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 3:48 pm:

    ===The Owl===

    (Insert joke{s} here)

    Who knows…


  6. - Going nuclear - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 3:57 pm:

    I wonder what the governor’s office means by “concrete steps.”


  7. - Bigtwich - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 4:07 pm:

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Robert Berlin, state’s attorney of DuPage County, filed an action in October in DuPage County “to either shut down Sterigenics or enforce more stringent limits on its emissions of ethylene oxide”. On 12/05/2018 Sterigenics filed a Notice of Removal to Federal Court. The Attorney General and State’s Attorney filed a motion to remand the case against Sterigenics to state court. Sterigenics was ordered to file a response by 1/25/2019. The Attorney General and State’s Attorney may file a reply brief by 2/8/2019. The court will rule by mail. No appearance is necessary on 1/8/2019.

    So that is where things are, waiting for a ruling from Federal Court.


  8. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 4:08 pm:

    Nothing is more serious than people’s health and lives. Get busy and get this resolved ASAP. Use all the power available to stop this pollution as soon as possible.


  9. - Bigtwich - Friday, Feb 8, 19 @ 4:19 pm:

    People Of The State Of Illinois et al v. Sterigenics U.S., LLC
    Northern District of Illinois #: 1:18-cv-08010


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