Why is the facility allowed to use Ethylene Oxide?

Ethylene oxide has been used for sterilization for decades. The Sterilization Services of Tennessee facility is in compliance with the EPA’s current rules and regulations regarding release of ethylene oxide, but will not meet the EPA’s new and more stringent standards designed to reduce fugitive emissions of ethylene oxide. Fugitive emissions are unintentional releases of the gas during plant operations. Sterilization Services of Tennessee is planning to make changes to its facility and processes to reduce those emissions. The company is also considering moving the operation to an industrial area within Shelby County (4140 B F Goodrich Boulevard) that has fewer nearby residents. 

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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?