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On November 19, 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) published a cancer incidence study for Lake County, Illinois. The study was completed in response to the public’s concern of two facilities, Medline Industries, Inc. in Waukegan and Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee, that emit ethylene oxide (EtO). The Lake County Health Department has requested that the IDPH hosts a public forum to explain the study’s findings to Lake County residents, but it has not been scheduled at this time.
For a detailed description of the findings and for frequently asked questions, visit the IDPH’s webpage IDPH Cancer Assessment, Lake County, Illinois. For inquiries regarding the study, please contact the IDPH.