Sterigenics trial begins amid lawsuit accusing company of emitting cancer-causing waste into air

Lawsuit filed by cancer patient Sue Kamuda became the first case against Sterigenics to go to trial

Thursday, August 18, 2022
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A lawsuit against Sterigenics became the first to go to trial over the release of ethylene oxide at the company's WIllowbrook facility.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Opening statements began Thursday in the first trial from a lawsuit against Sterigenics.

The company sterilizes medical devices.

It is accused of illegally releasing ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing waste, into the air at its Willowbrook facility from when it opened in 1984 until the facility was permanently closed in 2019.

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That allegedly led to a number of cancer cases in the southwest suburbs.

Thursday morning, a lawsuit filed by cancer patient Sue Kamuda became the first case against Sterigenics to go to trial. She is seeking $20 million in damages after developing breast cancer.

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Kamuda lived about a third of a mile from the plant and her children attended school within a mile of the plant. Her son Brian was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2021 and his case is expected to go to trial at a later date.

There have been hundreds of lawsuits filed against Sterigenics.

The trial will resume Friday.