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Recently the FDA urged Governor Kemp to allow for the reopening of Sterigenics to help fight Covid-19. I am confident we can fight Covid-19 without reopening the Sterigenics facility in Cobb County. If you didn’t know Sterigenics pumps ethylene oxide in the air of local residents. Ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen that causes cancer. I am a resident of Cobb not far from the Sterigenics plant and I do not want Sterigenics to reopen. I care for myself, my household, and local residents. It would be a dangerous and reckless decision to Georgians to reopen the Sterigenics plant. (Here is the letter)

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Here are some more helpful resources on Ethylene Oxide. What do I recommend? 

C&EN (Link)

Cancer.gov (Link)

Here is an excerpt from the National Cancer Institute:

How are people exposed to ethylene oxide?

The primary routes of human exposure to ethylene oxide are inhalation and ingestion, which may occur through occupational, consumer, or environmental exposure. Because ethylene oxide is highly explosive and reactive, the equipment used for its processing generally consists of tightly closed and highly automated systems, which decreases the risk of occupational exposure.

Despite these precautions, workers and people who live near industrial facilities that produce or use ethylene oxide may be exposed to ethylene oxide through uncontrolled industrial emissions. The general population may also be exposed through tobacco smoke and the use of products that have been sterilized with ethylene oxide, such as medical products, cosmetics, and beekeeping equipment.

Which cancers are associated with exposure to ethylene oxide?

Lymphoma and leukemia are the cancers most frequently reported to be associated with occupational exposure to ethylene oxide. Stomach and breast cancers may also be associated with ethylene oxide exposure.

If you’re a resident who lives in Cobb or someone who cares about people this is your call to action:

Step one: contact Governor Kemp

Governor Brian P Kemp

Ms. Candice L. Broce, Director of Communications-Deputy Executive Council; Office of the
Governor

[email protected]

Address:
The Office of the Governor
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 404-656-1776

Step two: contact Richard E. Dunn Director, Georgia Environmental Protection, Division

2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Suite 1456, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
404-656-4713

Step three: contact Mike Boyce

Commission Chairman, Mike Boyce
(770) 528-3305
(770) 528-2606 fax
[email protected]

Step four: contact Bob Ott

District 2 Commissioner, Bob Ott
(770) 528-3316
(770) 528-2606 fax
[email protected]

Sterigenics info here:

Link 1 (Click Here)

Link 2 (Click Here) 

Contact them at a minimum of once a week until they agree to keep Sterigenics closed. Our health counts and we’ll do our part in fighting Covid-19 as Cobb County… Georgia…U.S. residents. Let me know your progress. 

StedoCli out

Quote:

“You have to care for them to care.”

If you don’t, they don’t.”

-StedoCli