As you may be aware from news reports, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, in consultation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, filed a Consent Order that would provide Sterigenics International, Inc. at 7775 Quincy Street and 830 Midway Drive in Willowbrook the ability to reopen pending confirmation of meeting new operational requirements outlined in the Consent Order.
While the potential reopening of Sterigenics is difficult news, know that District 86 has been monitoring the issues surrounding Sterigenics since August 24, 2018. During the September 2018 Board meetings, the District’s environmental consultant, Kevin Aikman, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA, from United Analytical Services provided reports to the Board and State Senator John Curran addressed the Board on SB 3630, legislation he sponsored regarding the operating permit of any facility in Illinois emitting ethylene oxide. In October, the Village of Willowbrook contracted to do its own testing of air quality in eight sites, including Hinsdale South. In the months leading up to the Seal Order filed against Sterigenics on February 15, 2019, the United States Environmental Protection Agency conducted ambient air testing outside at the southwest corner of Hinsdale South High School.
Today, I had the opportunity to observe and represent District 86 at the DuPage County courthouse where Judge Paul Fullerton reviewed the request to approve the Consent Order as petitioned by the Illinois Attorney General. Attorneys each representing the villages of Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook, and Hinsdale successfully argued their case to be provided 30 days to have input into the Consent Order that was before Judge Fullerton today. The next hearing date is now slated for September 6th.
District 86 will continue an active role in monitoring and participating in this process. All stakeholders have a right to know that high standards of care are being set and monitored. Our priority is the health and safety of our staff, students, and families in the communities we serve.