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: Northwestern University Bans All Social Activities At Campus Fraternities Until At Least Mid-October After Reports Of Drugging
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: Family Remembers Azul De La Garza, Young Woman Shot And Killed In West Elsdon, As 'Beautiful Soul' With A Future In Art
Several residents as well as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have filed lawsuits against the plant.MORE NEWS: 6 Killed, 43 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
Sterigenics claims the company is operating within the limits of its permits.