CHICAGO (CBS)–Concerned residents packed a community forum in Willowbrook Thursday night, demanding the closure of Sterigenics.
The plant is accused of polluting the air with cancer-causing gas.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sunny And Breezy Tuesday
Sterigenics uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment. This month, the Environmental Protection Agency said tests may have overstated the amount of gas being emitted into the air.READ MORE: As Bucktown's Remedy Bar Reopens After 5 Months, Call Mounts For Increase To 50% Capacity For Chicago Bars And Restaurants
Several residents as well as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have filed lawsuits against the plant.MORE NEWS: Doctors Say Newly-Approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Game-Changer
Sterigenics claims the company is operating within the limits of its permits.