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The EPA has identified 23 U.S. facilities that are emitting toxic air pollution that puts people at risk

One of them is in Laredo, which has elevated rates of cancer, according to a recent state analysis. The findings come after reporting by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune.

By Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, and Maya Miller, ProPublica
Midwest Sterilization Corporation in Laredo Texas, operates 24/7 and emits more ethylene oxide than any other sterilizer plant in the country, according to the ProPublica analysis, which relies on self-reported emissions data from companies. That makes it the most toxic facility of its kind in the country and the 11th most toxic overall.
Yaneli Ortiz closes her eyes as her father helps her get ready  before her quinceañera in Laredo Texas.  In 2019 Yaneli was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer that’s been linked to ethylene oxide exposure. Her legs and hip are in almost constant pain. Her hip bone had begun to die due to steroids that had diminished the blood supply through her leg and joints. Up to half of children treated for acute lymphocytic leukemia develop some degree of this condition, called avascular necrosis.

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