McNeill responds to ethylene oxide concerns at Lehigh County plant

HARRISBURG, July 19 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, is responding to recent media reports over ethylene oxide emissions at the B. Braun plant in Lehigh County.

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns about elevated cancer risks for residents who live near the B. Braun facility, which produces medical and pharmaceutical devices.

“I am very concerned about the ethylene oxide emissions from the B. Braun plant on Marcon Boulevard which is in my legislative district. The EPA and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection needs to look further into this to assure that our residents are not faced with a cancer risk due to the release of this chemical in the air,” McNeill said.

“The safety and health of my constituents is my top priority, and I want to make sure that everything is being done to allow the residents of my district and beyond to breathe clean, unpolluted air.”

Ethylene oxide is a gas which is used mainly for the sterilization of medical devices and equipment, and it has been linked to breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

The EPA has said B. Braun has not broken any laws regarding its ethylene oxide emissions.