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In the Smyrna area, a Sterigenics plant, which sterilizes medical equipment, sits tucked into a low-slung industrial area next to The Light Bulb Depot and a doggie day care. The Garden, a shelter for homeless women and children, is across the street.

The city of Atlanta is moving forward with a plan to test the air near the Sterigenics plant in Smyrna adjacent to the Atlanta border.

At its meeting Aug. 19 at City Hall downtown, the Atlanta City Council voted to approve legislation to enter into a cost-sharing allocation agreement with the city of Smyrna and Cobb County in an amount not to exceed $54,500 to conduct air testing.

The legislation is in response to reported elevated emissions of ethylene oxide, cancer-causing chemicals, being produced by Sterigenics, an Oak Brook, Illinois-based producer of comprehensive sterilization solutions for a variety of industries. The city/county-funded test is separate from the one the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is conducting both in Smyrna and at a similar BD Bard-owned plant in Covington.

The legislation was sent to the mayor’s office immediately.

Also Aug. 19, the EPD and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted an open house and public meeting at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta to provide information and allow the public to give input.

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