This common industrial chemical has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other serious illnesses. People exposed to the gas or living near plants that use it are filing lawsuits.
Ethylene oxide gas is commonly used in chemical manufacturing as well as the sterilization of medical equipment. It was believed to be safe for decades, and during that time, dozens of plants around the country freely vented the gas into the atmosphere, including many plants in close proximity to residential neighborhoods.
But ethylene oxide isn’t considered safe anymore. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now considers ethylene oxide to be a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing compound or substance) in high concentrations and over long periods of exposure. The chemical has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and breast cancer, among many other cancers and physical ailments.
Odorless, Colorless, Dangerous
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been breathing in ethylene oxide for decades, and for many, that exposure may have led to serious health damage.
Ethylene oxide gas has been linked to:
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Pancreatic cancer
- Testicular damage
- Blood disorders
- Stomach cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Kidney damage
- Brain tumors
- Uterine cancer
Ethylene oxide causes damage to the human body by interfering with and destroying DNA and blood cells. If exposure is prolonged, that damage can build up and develop into serious — even life-threatening — illnesses.
The gas can also survive in the atmosphere for months, contaminating all who breathe it in. Years and decades spent living and working near or inside these ethylene oxide-spewing plants constituted a giant health risk that nobody knew about.
Thousands of residents and workers who have unwittingly been exposed to ethylene oxide for years are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for the health damage they’ve endured as well as the environmental damage to their neighborhood.
If you or someone you know has suffered an illness after prolonged ethylene oxide exposure or is currently living in close proximity to a chemical plant using the gas, you have the right to take legal action and pursue compensation. Classaction.com attorneys are available to review your case for free and advise you on what comes next if you have a claim.
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