Ethylene Oxide Gas Lawsuit

Thousands are suing chemical plants that vent ethylene oxide into the air for contaminating their neighborhoods and for the health damage this dangerous gas may have caused. 

For decades, the common industrial process ingredient ethylene oxide was considered safe, so no one blinked an eye at the dozens of chemical plants all around the country that would regularly release the gas into the atmosphere. But today we know better. 

Ethylene oxide is now officially considered a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and those decades of exposure for hundreds of thousands of Americans now look a whole lot scarier. Ethylene oxide has been linked to a host of serious illnesses, including cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma, for people who spent years unknowingly breathing it in. 

A Silent Killer 

Ethylene oxide damages the human body by interfering with and destroying DNA and blood cells. That damage can build up and develop into serious — even life-threatening — illnesses if the exposure is prolonged.

Ethylene oxide gas has been linked to: 

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Stomach cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Testicular damage
  • Blood disorders
  • Brain tumors
  • Uterine cancer
  • Kidney damage

These illnesses can be lethal, and all of them are massively disruptive to everyday quality of life. Victims and their families are also likely to experience serious financial problems. 

Lawsuits and Regulation Ramp Up

As victims of ethylene oxide exposure learn more about its effects, they’ve begun taking action. Federal and state regulators are also ramping up efforts to protect people from ethylene oxide exposure by changing the rules about how plants that use and generate the gas must operate. 

Lawsuits — both individual and class action — have been filed in states like Illinois, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. These lawsuits include damage claims for health impacts and for environmental damage that has led to decreased property values. In 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a suite of new rules with the ultimate goal of reducing ethylene oxide emissions. Also in 2019, Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois launched a congressional task force to address ethylene oxide emissions.

Holding Them Accountable

The corporations who put their workers and the neighborhoods around them in danger for decades need to pay for this. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with an illness after prolonged exposure to ethylene oxide, whether at work or just by living and breathing at home or in the neighborhood, you have the right to pursue compensation. attorneys are available to review your case today for free. If you have a potentially viable claim for compensation, they’ll be able to help you decide on the next steps that are best for you. Don’t wait — call today. We want to help you get started on your fight for justice and compensation right away. 

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