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Last Updated: September 19, 2019

Over the past year, some community members and elected officials have raised concerns about potential risks associated with Ethylene Oxide (EO).  Because we use EO at our Gurnee facility in a closed production process, Vantage has been working with local, state and federal officials to reduce our already low EO emissions even further, provide information about our emissions controls and address community concerns.
Vantage takes this matter seriously, not only because we have been a longstanding corporate resident of Gurnee, but because many of us also call this community our home for ourselves and our families.

As part of our work to address community concerns, we took the following steps:
  • Virtually eliminated stack emissions: Our new scrubber is now fully installed and the Illinois EPA has verified that it is functioning properly and eliminating >99.9% of EO from our stacks.
  • Reduced leaks by increasing detection efforts: We have improved our Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) Program, which now employs more frequent and sensitive monitoring to identify and eliminate potential sources of small leaks as EO moves through pipes, joints and components in the plant. These efforts are being reviewed by the Illinois EPA and the U.S. EPA.
  • Conducted ambient air monitoring: We conducted ambient air testing alongside testing conducted by the Lake County Health Department and the Village of Gurnee.  The testing showed that EO levels around Vantage are not materially different from  background levels across Chicagoland, and confirmed that Vantage’s EO control systems are working.  We intend to participate in the additional ambient air monitoring this fall to provide additional assurance that our control systems are working well and minimizing emissions. 
Vantage is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, neighboring communities and the local environment around our production facilities, and we will continue to operate a safe plant, continuously improve our emission reductions, and comply with new standards and regulations.  
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