How tough is the Illinois law on ethylene oxide? Not nearly tough enough, some lawmakers and residents say.

“It’s disappointing to hear they think that way because it shows industry stakeholders aren’t taking this crisis seriously,” said Jennifer Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, a nonprofit group that helped draft legislation opposed by Griffith and other business lobbyists. “They appear to be more interested in protecting the bottom line than negotiating a compromise that protects public health.”

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