Ethylene Oxide levels, and Sandy Air Quality

Ethylene Oxide levels, and Sandy Air Quality

Ethylene Oxide levels, and Sandy Air Quality

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Like many of you I’m guessiing, Athena’s just received a letter today inviting us to sign up for a virtual event regarding EPA identified levels of Ethylene Oxide in Sandy.

From this website, https://www.epa.gov/hazardous-air-pollutants-ethylene-oxide/forms/sandy-utah-bd-medical , I have reprinted this statement summarizing the issue:

” BD Medical is located at 9450 South State Street, Sandy, UT. The facility uses ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize medical equipment and materials.

EPA scientists and analysts recently completed a risk assessment to understand the impact of EtO emissions from the BD Medical facility. As part of this risk assessment, we used the most recent available information about how much EtO the company emits into the air and we modeled estimated cancer risks to people living nearby. The risk assessment identified elevated cancer risk in the Sandy community. EPA is committed to working with state and local agencies, facilities, and communities to reduce this risk.”

To register for a virtual event on this go to www.epa.gov/EtO

Another link to information you may find helpful to understand the risks is https://cen.acs.org/environment/pollution/time-crack-down-ethylene-oxide/97/i38 and

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRDbyTG05xy72bkfd-Qt5mImt8hRwxzm3DXK03tioXohVlU6IpQmMbguFIA_IilGo5Z_m7RYk9EbMxx/pub?urp=gmail_link

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