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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.
December 16, 2019 - Notice from the Village of Willowbrook regarding the decommissioning of tanks at the Sterigenics property.
September 30, 2019 - Sterigenics announces plans to exit Willowbrook operations following approval from State and Illinois EPA to implement changes.
September 20, 2019 - Illinois EPA Issues Construction Permit to Comply with General Assembly's Toughest-in-Nation Restrictions
September 6, 2019 - Willowbrook Urges Statewide Support for New Legislation Amending the Enviornmental Protection Act
September 6, 2019 - Leader Durkin Introduces New Ethylene Oxide Ban Option for HOME RULE ONLY Local Municipalities
August 19, 2019 - Resolution - State of Illinois v. Sterigenics
August 16, 2019 - Public Comments on the Draft Construction Permit Issued to Sterigenic's Willowbrook I Facility
August 12, 2019 - Letter to Governor Pritzker
August 3, 2019 - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Sterigenics Public Meeting
August 2, 2019 - Trustees Stifflear and Byrnes urge IEPA to deny Sterigenics construction permit
August 1, 2019 - Formal Public Meeting - Sterigenics Draft Construction Permit
July 30, 2019 - Curran files legislation to keep Sterigenics facility closed
July 26, 2019 - On July 24th, 2019, Judge Paul Fullerton honored the request of Burr Ridge, Darien, Hinsdale and Willowbrook communities to have input and comment on the Consent Order for consideration by the court. This Consent Order was issued by the Illinois Attorney General and the DuPage County States Attorney on July 16, 2019. Each of these municipalities welcome e-mails from residents with their input. Please e-mail your comments to the Willowbrook Task Force Coordinator Gayle Neal by Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 25, 2019 - DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Fullerton issued a favorable ruling for the Village of Hinsdale when he granted the Village of Hinsdale’s Motion to Intervene to become party to the lawsuit the Illinois Attorney General filed against Sterigenics in October 2018.
July 23, 2019 - Durkin, Mazzochi, Curran File Amicus Brief on Sterigenics Consent Order
July 22, 2019 - Willowbrook area community, politicians outraged over plan to reopen Sterigenics facility.
July 18, 2019 - Attorney General Raoul & State's Attorney Berlin announce consent order with Sterigenics over air pollution violations.
July 16, 2019 - Illinois EPA has scheduled a formal public meeting to accept oral comments on a draft construction permit to place significant new controls on emissions at the Sterigenics US, LLC facility, located at 7775 Quincy Street in Willowbrook. Click here to view the Sterigenics draft permit fact sheet.
June 27, 2019 - Hinsdale Stands with Willowbrook in Opposing Reopening of Sterigenics
June 24, 2019 - Willowbrook issued a press release regarding the celebration of the Matt Haller Act (Senate Bill 1852) to take place on June 24.
June 21, 2019 - Chicago Tribune released the following article, "Pritzker signs law aimed at reducing cancer-causing ethylene oxide pollution".
May 30, 2019 - Chicago Tribune released the following article, "Sterigenics created cancer risk 10 times higher than federal EPA standards in Willowbrook".
May 29, 2019 - Hinsdale Trustees Luke Stifflear and Neale Byrnes attending the Sterigenics Willowbrook facility Community Meeting Presentation held on May 29, 2019 held at the Marriott in Burr Ridge. Please click here to view the presentations given.
May 24, 2019 - Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) passed the Matt Haller Act out of the House Chamber today that will enact new restrictions on ethylene oxide emissions and facilities that use the chemical in production. Click here to view.
May 22, 2019 - The Village of Hinsdale filed a witness slip to support SB 1852. SB 1852 requires an ethylene oxide facility to, in the event of a leak, issue a notice to all affected property owners and units of local government within 2,500 feet of the leak site. In a situation such as the Sterigenics Facility in Willowbrook, this bill would require that facility to provide notice of an ethylene oxide leak to Willowbrook.
May 15, 2019 - The Village of Hindale issues the press release titled "Municipal Leaders Urge State and County Not to Settle with Sterigenics".
May 15, 2019 - Letter from Illinois Senate and Congressional Representatives to Cathy Stepp US EPA.
May 9, 2019 - ABC 7 publishes the article "Hearing held on Sterigenics lawsuit as residents fight to permanently close plant"
May 9, 2019 - Press Release: Municipal Leaders Urge State & County Not to Settle with Sterigenics. The Village of Hinsdale fully supports this press release and jointly signed a letter to Illinois Attorney General and DuPage County Attorney General.
May 3, 2019 - "Re: State of Illinois, County of Dupage v. Sterigenics, # 18CH 1329 (Dupage County)."
April 26, 2019 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a webinar on Wednesday, April 26, 2019 to review the final set of ethylene oxide air monitoring data in the Willowbrook, IL are. To view the slides presented, click here.
April 24, 2019 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a webinar on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 to review Techniques and Skills for Providing Effective Input in the EPA Rulemaking Process. To view the slides presented, click here.
March 29, 2019 - Cancer Incidence Assessment near Sterigenics in Willowbrook, IL, 1995-2015
March 23, 2019 - A graph depicting the US EPA's EtO sampling concentrations at Willowbrook Village Hall
March 22, 2019 - The Chicago Tribune publishes the article "Air testing after Sterigenics was shut down shows 'rapid drop' in cancer-causing gas in Willowbrook, EPA official says"
March 7, 2019 - Outdoor air monitoring data in the Willowbrook Community (updated 3/7)
February 27, 2019 - The Patch publishes the article "Glowiak is sponsoring a package of measures that will protect communities like Willowbrook across the 24th State Senate District".
February 21, 2019 - January 2, 2019, through January 17, 2019, 24-hour EtO concentrations.
February 19, 2019 - At the Village Board of Trustees meeting on February 19, 2019 the Board approved a resolution advocating for the closure of the Sterigenics Willowbrook Facility and will file a Motion to Intervene in the Sterigenics motion.
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.