Is there Ethylene Oxide here in Shelby County?

Ethylene oxide is present in the environment and is created by various sources, including plants that use the chemical to sterilize materials, including surgical equipment used in hospitals. The Environmental Protection Agency recently identified several plants and factories that release ethylene oxide into the air. Sterilization Services of Tennessee, a plant located at 2396 Florida Street in southwest Memphis is on the list of facilities identified as a source of ethylene oxide. The chemical is used to sterilize devices that can’t be sterilized using steam or radiation. 

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1. What is Ethylene Oxide?
2. Is Ethylene Oxide hazardous?
3. Is there Ethylene Oxide here in Shelby County?
4. Why is the facility allowed to use Ethylene Oxide?
5. How does Ethylene Oxide enter the body?
6. How long does Ethylene Oxide remain in the body?
7. Are there medical tests to see if I have Ethylene Oxide in my system?
8. Does exposure to Ethylene Oxide cause cancer?
9. How great is the cancer risk for people who live and work around the Sterilization Services of Tennessee facility?
10. What can people who live in neighborhoods near the facility do now?
11. I am pregnant and have small children, what are our risks?
12. What about the workers in the facility? What are their risks?