Sterigenics Scandal: What do the studies have to say?

MARIETTA — An outdoor dog, half its weight in bizarre, enormous tumors, has finally died. One neighbor was recently diagnosed with breast cancer – for the fourth time – and is finally in remission. Another neighbor died of breast cancer. And then there is the perplexing case of a neighbor who has to sleep almost the entire day, and suffers spasms that can cause falls, and injuries.

These people are linked by having lived in one very small neighborhood, 9.1 miles away from a processing plant currently under intense scrutiny for leakages of Ethylene Oxide, now known to be a carcinogen.

It was recently reported in the AJC that an Illinois plant leaking the same chemical had affected neighborhoods as far as 25 miles away. (https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/cobb-residents-dig-for-fight-over-sterigenics-plant-emissions/XUoAGKJLPrhZ3hfXh63RAN/)

Community members, outraged, called for the shuttering of the plant. One question continues to be asked: what does the science say, that residents do not know?

Below, you will see Ethylene Oxide referred to as “EO” to save space.

Here are some extracts of findings, paired with download links to studies / reports:

  1. It has been known as far back as 2007 that EO can demineralize teeth by approximately 22% if acute exposure happens; an article was written for Journal of Dentistry, (Vol 35) entitled “Effect of ethylene oxide sterilization on enamel and dentin demineralization in vitro” by Renske Z. Thomas, Jan L. Ruben, Jaap J. ten Bosch, and Marie-Charlotte D.N.J.M. Huysmans. It is presented below for personal use only.

2. A toxicological profile on EO was released in 1990 by William L. Roper, M.D., M.P.H., Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, of the U.S. Public Health Service. Note that, as far back as 1990, EO was tied to effects regarding eyesight, birth weights [being lower], neurological functions, breathing, psychology, and more. Download the rather old toxicological profile on EO via the link presented below.

3. In December of 2018, the EPA released an update of its hazard summary of EO – did you know that testicular degeneration in males is one possible side effect of EO exposure? The summary is available, via the download link below.

*** As more resources are found, this story will be updated. ***
– Amy Barnes, of Marietta, GA

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About Amy Barnes

Author has extensive experience in Retail, including two years as a supervisor. Educated in Psychology, Financial Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Programming. Work experience in Law Enforcement, Security (IT), Programming (REALBasic, SQL, VB, JAVA), Retail.
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