Congressmen from Illinois and Georgia have formed a bipartisan task force to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to place stricter limits on ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from medtech sterilization and other industrial uses.
Illinois Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider and Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice put together the task force in support of a bill Schneider introduced in February. H.R. 1152 would require the EPA to issue strict, new EtO emissions standards and notify the public no more than 30 days after it learns that the new standards have been violated. Task force members include two Democrats and two Republicans from Georgia, four Illinois Democrats and one Democrat from Pennsylvania.