Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) failed to disclose to Georgia environmental officials a warehouse that it has leased since May to store medical devices sterilized with ethylene oxide (EtO), the company said on Friday.
BD notified the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of its use of the 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Covington, Ga., on Friday after the agency cited the company for allegedly emitting excess ethylene oxide from a larger distribution center in the same city without an air quality permit. State officials calculated that the distribution center might emit 5,600 lb. of the carcinogenic gas per year. Any facility that may emit more than 4,000 lb. per year of EtO must apply for a state permit to do so.