Toxic Ethylene Oxide Has Been Found in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA.
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The EPA's National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) study found a high concentration of Ethylene Oxide in the Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania area. Ethylene Oxide (or EtO) is a human carcinogen that has been shown to cause cancers of the white blood cells, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia.
The EPA found that some residents are at an increased risk of cancer. Specifically, the EPA estimates that these levels of EtO emissions have a cancer risk of up to 600 in 1 million—nine times the national average.
The alleged source of the EtO contamination identified by the EPA is the B. Braun facility. B. Braun uses Ethylene Oxide to fumigate and sterilize medical equipment and supplies. When medical equipment is sterilized, vast amounts of the gas is released into the air and the surrounding communities.
If you live or work in Allentown or Bethlehem, PA, toxic Ethylene Oxide pollution may adversely affect your health and property value. Contact us for a free case consultation.
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Where Has Ethylene Oxide Been Detected in the Allentown and Bethlehem Area?
The U.S. EPA has raised a concern about B. Braun's Ethylene Oxide emissions into the Allentown and Bethlehem areas in Pennsylvania. According to the EPA's NATA report, areas surrounding the plant have an increased risk of cancer. Some areas have a risk of cancer as high as 600 additional cancers in a population of a million.
Recognizing Ethylene Oxide Exposure
Short term inhalation of high concentrations of EtO can cause headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, respiratory irritation (e.g., coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing) and, in some cases, vomiting and other types of gastrointestinal distress.
The greatest risk is for people who live, have lived, or work near a facility releasing EtO into the air. Long-term exposure to Ethylene Oxide increases the risk of cancers of the white blood cells, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia. Furthermore, brain tumors and lung tumors are among the types of tumors observed in individuals exposed to EtO. Studies also show that long-term exposure to Ethylene Oxide increases the risk of breast cancer in females.
Additionally, high concentrations of EtO can cause an increased rate of miscarriages among females. Animal studies have shown that breathing Ethylene Oxide at high levels can interfere with their ability to reproduce and has caused developmental issues in their offsprings.
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