District 65 is aware of and is monitoring developments in Waukegan and Gurnee about ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions. EtO is a substance known to cause cancer.
Medline Industries in Waukegan and Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee are being monitored for EtO emissions by the Lake County Health Department. Other agencies, such as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), are involved as well.
The Lake County Health Department website has information about EtO and the results of air testing at and near both of these facilities in Waukegan and Gurnee. You can reach the Health Department at 847-367-8000.
District 65 is committed to safety and will communicate with staff and parent communities about this matter as appropriate.