Please click here to visit the Village of Willowbrook's website or here for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's website for the most up-to-date information regarding Sterigenics.
The Hinsdale Village Board stands with elected officials from all levels of government in urging Sterigenics to cease operations until after proper safeguards are put in place, and after ambient air quality testing is performed to ensure the health and safety of area residents. The following is a detailed list of the communications that have occurred between the Village and Sterigenics and leaders at the federal, state and local level.
February 19, 2019 - A motion hearing was held and continued to 2/20/2019.
February 18, 2019 - Sterigenics files an injunction against the IEPA.
February 15, 2019 - Gov. Pritzker orders shut down of Sterigenics.
February 15, 2019 - Willowbrook Mayor says IEPA to shut down Sterigenics.
February 15, 2019 - Sterigenics Willowbrook has been shut-down by the EPA until further notice.
February 15, 2019 - Willowbrook has issued a press release regarding new air sampling results that warrant immediate emergency action to shut down Sterigenics.
February 13, 2019 - Trustee Stifflear sends letters to Illinois Representative Mazzochi and Illinois State Senator Glowiak copying United States Senator Duckworth, State Senator Durbin, United States Representative Casten, United States Representative Quigley, Governor Pritzker, Attorney General Raoul, DuPage County Board Chairman Cronin, and DuPage County State’s Attorney Berlin.
February 8, 2019 - Trustee Stifflear, behind U. S. Representative Lipinski and Representative Durkin, joined in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately force Sterigenics in Willowbrook to stop operating due to concerns about emissions of a cancer-causing chemical.
February 8, 2019 - The Village stands with United States Representative Lipinski, Illinois House Minority Leader Durkin and other local leaders calling for shut down of Sterigenics.
February 8, 2019 - The Patch publishes the article "Hinsdale to Call for Shutdown of Sterigenics".
February 8, 2019 - West Cook News publishes the article "Sterigenics denies violating regulations".
February 7, 2019 - Village’s response to most recent EPA report related to Sterigenics.
February 6, 2019 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a webinar Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to provide updates on the EPA ethylene oxide monitoring data for Willowbrook.
February 5, 2019 - Attorney General Kwame Raoul and State's Attorney Robert Berlin issue statement on Sterigenics.
February 5, 2019 - Sterigenics Statement on U.S. EPA Ambient Air Sampling Results.
January 9, 2019 - Illinois EPA and DuPage County Health Department Report No Contamination of Private Water Wells Near Sterigenics Facility.
December 21, 2018 - Trustee Luke Stifflear sends a letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
December 12, 2018 - Illinois EPA and DuPage County Health Department Well Water Sampling near Sterigenics Facility News Release.
December 12, 2018 - Final Report on Ambient Air Testing in Burr Ridge
November 29, 2018 - Village Officials including Trustees Stifflear and Byrnes attended a Community Meeting hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency in Willowbrook. Please click on the date to watch the full video of the Public Forum that was held on November 29, 2018, at Ashton Place.
November 8, 2018 - Illinois EPA and DuPage County Health Department Well Water Sampling News Release.
November 6, 2018 - Village participates in call with IEPA Director Messina and DuPage County Health Department regarding testing of private wells.
November 4, 2018 - Village is informed by EPA that Hinsdale is outside of the sampling area and that sampling will only go as far as Willow Park.
November 2, 2018 - The Chicago Tribune publishes an article titled "Durbin, Duckworth, Foster want probe of Trump EPA response to Sterigenics cancer risks"
November 1, 2018 - Hinsdale requests to be added to the air sampling scheduled to be performed in later November.
October 30, 2018 - The Chicago Tribune publishes an article titled "Citing cancer risks, Lisa Madigan, DuPage prosecutor urge court to shut down Sterigenics in Willowbrook"
October 30, 2018 - Attorney General Madigan and State's Attorney Berlin release a press release stating they have filed a lawsuit against Sterigenics over toxic air pollution violations.
October 30, 2018 - Attorney General Madigan and State's Attorney Berlin file suit against Sterigenics.
October 30, 2018 - Trustee Luke Stifflear sends a letter to Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla referencing the below letter to Senator Nybo and State Representative Mazzochi. This letter was also sent to Senator Duckworth, State Senator Durbin, Representative Roskam, Representative Quigley and DuPage County Board Chairman Cronin.
October 30, 2018 - Trustee Luke Stifflear sends a letter to Senator Nybo and State Representative Mazzochi regarding Sterigenics. This letter was also sent to Senator Duckworth, State Senator Durbin, Representative Roskam, Representative Quigley and DuPage County Board Chairman Cronin.
October 30, 2018 - Sterigenics submits stack test reports to the IEPA for Willowbrook I & II.
October 29, 2018 - Village Manager, Kathleen A. Gargano sends a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency stating President Cauley has assigned the Village's Chair of the Zoning and Public Safety Committee, Luke Stifflear, to take the lead on the Village's efforts regarding Sterigenics.
October 29, 2018 - Village Manager, Kathleen A. Gargano sends a letter to Sterigenics stating President Cauley has assigned the Village's Chair of the Zoning and Public Safety Committee, Luke Stifflear, to take the lead on the Village's efforts regarding Sterigenics.
October 27, 2018 - Village President Cauley sends an email to Village staff and all Village Trustees recusing himself from any and all issues regarding Sterigenics and delegating all authority regarding Sterigenics to Trustee Luke Stifflear.
October 25, 2018 - Village President Cauley sends a letter to Sterigenics.
October 25, 2018 - Village President Cauley sends a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding Sterigenics.
October 23, 2018 - Village of Hinsdale officials participate in meeting hosted by Village of Western Springs with other local leaders at the state and local level and representatives from Stop Sterigenics.
October 10, 2018 - ABC 7 publishes the article "Illinois EPA orders Sterigenics to cease operations in Willowbrook until safety review complete"
September 25, 2018 - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth, Dick Durbin and Representative Bill Foster published a press release asking for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Willowbrook-based Sterigenics to immediately conduct testing for local air quality for emissions of ethylene oxide.
August 29, 2018 - Willowbrook assembled a panel of representatives from various applicable federal and state agencies and held a public forum meeting to present the facts and allow the community to ask questions. Congressman Bill Foster, Senator Curran, and Representative Durkin were also in attendance. The EPA advised that there is no imminent threat to public health from short-term exposure to EtO, but the long-term effects are largely unknown.
August 22, 2018 - The EPA advised the Village of Willowbrook that the EPA released a report (on that day) from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR, which is a subsidiary of the CDC) on a business, Sterigenics International Inc., located within our corporate business park that emits a chemical, ethylene oxide (EtO) Village receives information regarding report.