Waukegan City Council backs legislators’ moves related to emission concerns

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The Waukegan City Council threw its support behind a call from two area U.S. senators and a congressman to investigate carcinogenic gases being released from two Lake County facilities, but some Waukegan residents are asking city officials to do more.

The move follows a Chicago Tribune investigation that found more than 42,000 people in Lake County are breathing dangerous ethylene oxide gas emitted by a chemical plant owned by Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee and a medical products distributor called Medline Industries in Waukegan.

The letter sent Nov. 9 by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Rep. Bradley Schneider asks that the U.S. EPA evaluate the current public risk and adopt any and all regulations needed to protect public health.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham said his plan is to wait for the EPA findings, which he wants to have assessed, potentially by an outside entity, so that the city can decide its next steps, including whether to challenge the EPA’s conclusions. Cunningham said the city has not been provided a timeline on when that report would be available.

Teta has said the report is misleading and greatly exaggerates the health risk, according to Simmons’s written statement.

The company is calling for the National Academy of Sciences, a private nonprofit established by Congress, to review the report and provide recommendations.

emcoleman@tribpub.com

Twitter @mekcoleman

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November 21, 2018 at 05:12PM

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