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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require medtech sterilization companies to provide information to help it formulate a new rule governing emissions of ethylene oxide.
The EPA recently said that in October, it will ask for data on specific sterilization facility characteristics, control devices, work practices and costs associated with installation and operation of emission-reduction measures. The request is part of an advance notice of rulemaking, in which the agency will outline its potential options, describe EO emission-controls technologies and seek public input and additional data and information. The agency is under court order to produce a new rule by March 2020.