Reps. Durkin and Mazzochi, Senator Curran, Community Officials and Activists Celebrate the Matt Haller Act Becoming Illinois Law

Reps. Durkin and Mazzochi, Senator
Curran, Community Officials and Activists Celebrate the Matt Haller Act
Becoming Illinois Law

SPRINGFIELD –
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), State
Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) and Senator John F. Curran
(R-Western Springs), along with several community officials and activists,
celebrated the Matt Haller Act becoming law in Illinois. This new law will
enact the strictest restrictions on ethylene oxide emissions and facilities
that use the chemical in production in the nation.

“Protecting Illinois residents from the threat of ethylene oxide was a
bipartisan effort and I would like to thank everyone, including Governor
Pritzker and his staff, who worked on this legislation that ensures proper
protections are in place when it comes to this dangerous chemical,” Durkin
said. “The tragic situation which unfolded in Willowbrook at the Sterigenics
facility should have never happened. This law will help make sure that it never
will again.”

Senate Bill 1852, known as the Matt Haller Act, will prohibit the renewal of any
permits for facilities that violate federal or state standards for ethylene
oxide emissions. The legislation will also prohibit new ethylene oxide medical
sterilization facilities from opening within 10 miles of a school or park in
counties with more than 50,000 residents and 15 miles in counties with less
than 50,000 residents. Furthermore, it prohibits the use of ethylene oxide by
any facility that has had egregious violations requiring a seal order.

“This legislation would not be possible without the grassroots
support of the people in our communities surrounding Sterigenics. Their
advocacy ensured this new law will be effective at protecting
residents against EtO emissions and makes Illinois’ regulations the
most comprehensive in the nation,” Chief Co-sponsor Rep. Deanne Mazzochi
said. “I want to recognize Leader Durkin, Senator Curran, the Governor’s
Office, and all the community members, like Matt Haller, who helped build
support for this legislation. This law gets it right, and I hope the
people who live and work in the surrounding communities finally have peace
of mind.”

Another
component of the legislation is to require a public notice and notice to
schools, hospitals and local government officials in the event of any elevated
EtO emissions levels as well as annual ambient air testing at all EtO emitting
facilities.

“This new law creates the strongest ethylene oxide sterilization
regulations in the nation,” said State Senator John Curran. “I want to thank
Leader Durkin for his work in addressing the public health crisis in
Willowbrook.”

Matt Haller, a 45-year-old Willowbrook resident,
passed away earlier this year from stage four stomach cancer. Haller lived
about a mile from the Sterigenics plant with his family and was an outspoken
proponent for the closure of the facility.

“From the
moment we found out in August about this health scare, we engaged federal,
state and local officials and agencies to help us through our crisis,” said
Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla. “We cannot erase the past, but we can protect
the future. There are not enough words to describe how happy our Village and
surrounding communities are for this legislation.”

Governor
Pritzker signed SB 1852 on June 21, 2019.

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