Woman sues Sterigenics to testify on Thursday

CHICAGO (CBS)– A woman who says a suburban medical sterilization plant gave her cancer is set to testify in court.

Sue Kamuda, who is suing Sterigenicswill take up position in Chicago.

The company is accused of knowingly releasing a carcinogenic chemical into the air from its former plant in Willowbrook.

As CBS 2 reported, former Sterigenics employees say the company ordered workers to dump toxic chemicals directly into the public sewer system. It also concealed the amount released into the air, including the carcinogenic ethylene oxide, they say. It is the main ingredient used to sterilize medical equipment, such as surgical tools.

According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the chemical is linked to several cancers. CBS 2 investigators obtained documents showing the EPA warned the company 35 years ago that ethylene oxide caused stomach cancer.

Kamuda is the first of more than 700 plaintiffs whose case against Sterigenics has gone to trial. Earlier in the trial, her son testified that he also had cancer.

After his testimony, the plaintiffs are expected to close their case and the defense will begin calling witnesses.


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