Georgia Ethylene Oxide Contamination Lawsuit Information

Georgia Ethylene Oxide Exposure – Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys

If you, or a loved one, lived or worked in Covington, Newton County, Georgia, or in Smyrna, Cobb County, Georgia, and were exposed to air contaminated with the cancer causing chemical ethylene oxide, and were later diagnosed with cancer, including:

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
  • Lymphoma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Leukemia 
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Pancriatic Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Or other forms of Cancer

You may have a cancer claim for money damages caused by the medical plant that released the toxic ethylene oxide into the air.    

Contact our experienced Georgia legal team now for a free, no obligation case consultation.  You may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries, harms and losses.  Also, you owe no legal fees unless you win!

 

CALL US NOW – 770-918-1100

The time to file a claim is limited, so you need to act now before your time to file a claim expires! 

Maps Showing Areas of Potential Contamination

Contamination in Newton County, GA

Contamination in Cobb County, GA

Ethylene Oxide and Cancer – What You Need To Know  

Ethylene oxide, at room temperature, is a colorless gas with a sweet odor.  It is commonly used as a sterilizing agent in manufacturing plants that make medical products.  People who live or work near such manufacturing plants who release ethylene oxide into the air are at risk for ethylene oxide exposure and contamination.  

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) undertook a 10 year study on the potential dangers associated with exposure to ethylene oxide. By 2016, the EPA had determined that ethylene oxide was far more dangerous than the scientists had previously believed. https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris2/chemicalLanding.cfm?substance_nmbr=1025 Based on this finding, the EPA moved ethylene oxide in 2016 from a list of chemicals that probably could cause cancer to a list of chemicals that definitely caused cancer. The EPA also updated a key risk number for ethylene oxide to reflect that it was 30 times more likely to cause certain cancers than scientists had once known.

Two years later, in 2018, the EPA used that new risk number for a periodic report that assessed health risks from releases of airborne toxins in the U.S. The report, called the National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), had flagged 109 tracts of land across the United States where cancer risks were elevated because of exposure to airborne toxins. https://www.epa.gov/national-air-toxics-assessment/2014-nata-map Most of the risks in the NATA were associated with the exposure to ethylene oxide.  Georgia has land in 2 counties contained in the ERA’s report with high ethylene oxide contamination.  One is in Newton County, GA and the other is in Cobb County, GA.  However, the EPA chose not to put out a press release of its findings associated with ethylene oxide exposure and neither did the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  As a result, the people who lived and worked in the impacted areas were are aware of the exposure threat for many years.  Companies, such as BD Bard and Sterigenics, continue to release ethylene oxide into the air outside of their plants causing further contamination and exposure for the citizens of Georgia.  have largely continued to do business as usual. 

In July of 2019, Brenda Goodman of WebMD, and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News, together published a story documenting the ethylene oxide contamination in Newton County, GA caused by the BD Bard plant located in Covington, GA and the ethylene oxide contamination in Cobb County, GA caused by the Sterigenics plant located in Smyrna, GA.  In their story,  https://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20190719/residents-unaware-of-cancer-causing-toxin-in-air?fbclid=IwAR2NevoUEH1lOxmmBSRdus8_7uJDsGudUQq8HDFCun1JZZ3IlKVARjeBULg, Goodman and Miller sound the alarm for residents in the affected areas on the risks associated with contamination from ethylene oxide.  

WHAT TO DO NOW?

If you, or a loved one, lived or worked in Covington, Newton County, Georgia, or in Smyrna, Cobb County, Georgia, and were exposed to air contaminated with the cancer causing chemical ethylene oxide, and were later diagnosed with cancer, including:

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
  • Lymphoma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Leukemia 
  • Or other forms of Cancer

You may have a cancer claim for money damages caused by the medical plant that released the toxic ethylene oxide into the air.     

Contact our experienced Georgia legal team now for a free, no obligation case consultation.  You may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries, harms and losses.  Also, you owe no legal fees unless you win!

CALL US NOW – 770-918-1100

The time to file a claim is limited, so you need to act now before your time to file a claim expires!

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