Dr. Susan Buchanan, Oak Park village trustee and a University of Illinois Chicago researcher, oversaw testing that discovered Waukegan residents living close to Medline Industries had higher levels of the carcinogen ethylene oxide in their bloodstreams.

“These figures should be seen as a powerful call to action for community members and policymakers to hold companies accountable,” Buchanan told the Chicago Tribune. “Facilities emitting dangerous chemicals like ethylene oxide should not be located near homes, schools, businesses, parks or other areas frequently used by the public.”

Stacey Sheridan

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