Willowbrook residents allege Sterigenics emissions have exposed them to cancer risk

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 3, 2018

CHICAGO – A Willowbrook couple alleges emissions from a facility in the village have placed them at an increased risk of cancer.

Neil Graves and Marjorie Graves, individually and on behalf of all those similarly situated, filed a complaint on Sept. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against Sterigenics US LLC and GTCR LLC alleging nuisance, trespass and fraudulent concealment.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege Sterigenics US's facility in Willowbrook has released hazardous levels of ethylene oxide into the air, causing the gas to drift into homes and other places. The suit states the facility sterilizes medical devices, pharmaceuticals and food products.

The plaintiffs allege the defendants' operation of the facility continuously exposed them to elevated and hazardous levels of ethylene oxide, placing them at an increased risk of cancer and denying them their right to a healthful environment. 

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for damages in an amount of more than $50,000, as other compensation. They are represented by Todd A. Smith and Brian LaCien of Power, Rogers & Smith LLP in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-0101510

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