Ethylene Oxide Concerns in Georgia

If you or a loved one live or work in Covington, Georgia, or in Smyrna, Georgia, were potentially exposed to air contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide, and were later diagnosed with cancer, please contact one of our attorneys for more information.

Problems with Ethylene Oxide

Ethylene oxide (“EtO”), at room temperature, is a colorless gas with a sweet odor. It is commonly used as a sterilizing agent in manufacturing plants that make medical products. People who live and work near manufacturing plants that release EtO into the air are at risk for ethylene oxide exposure and contamination.

In 2018, the EPA reclassified ethylene oxide as a probable carcinogen that is capable of causing cancers such as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Leukemia, and more. However, not everyone who is exposed to ethylene oxide will develop cancer.  Some people may not experience any side effects, and others may develop other serious conditions related to EtO exposure, like muscle weakness, impaired memory, or nerve damage.

Where Have Ethylene Oxide Problems Been Identified in Georgia?

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has determined that there are two areas in Georgia with high ethylene oxide contamination:

1. In Newton County, around the BD Bard facility and

2. in the parts of Cobb and Fulton Counties surrounding the Sterigenics plant.

Potential Diagnoses or Symptoms

If you live or work in one of the affected areas and have been diagnosed with any of the cancers below, you may have a claim for ethylene oxide exposure:

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
  • Lymphoma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Or other forms of blood-based Cancer

What should I do?

If you or a loved one live or work in the affected areas of Smyrna or Covington, Georgia, were potentially exposed to air contaminated with ethylene oxide and have been diagnosed with cancer, please contact one of our experienced attorneys for a free and confidential consult.