I am pregnant and have small children, what are our risks?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, potential health effects of ethylene oxide exposure depend on amount inhaled and how long the person was exposed. Long-term exposure to ethylene oxide can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, and damage to the brain and nervous system. Some studies of workers ethylene oxide facilities indicate that exposure to high levels of ethylene oxide can cause an increased rate of miscarriages. Because children’s bodies are growing, they are expected to be more susceptible to the toxic effects of ethylene oxide. 

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1. What is Ethylene Oxide?
2. Is Ethylene Oxide hazardous?
3. Is there Ethylene Oxide here in Shelby County?
4. Why is the facility allowed to use Ethylene Oxide?
5. How does Ethylene Oxide enter the body?
6. How long does Ethylene Oxide remain in the body?
7. Are there medical tests to see if I have Ethylene Oxide in my system?
8. Does exposure to Ethylene Oxide cause cancer?
9. How great is the cancer risk for people who live and work around the Sterilization Services of Tennessee facility?
10. What can people who live in neighborhoods near the facility do now?
11. I am pregnant and have small children, what are our risks?
12. What about the workers in the facility? What are their risks?