- emission /ih-MISH-uhn/
- disposable /dih-SPOH-zuh-buhl/
- administration /ad-min-uh-STREY-shuhn/
- monitoring /MON-i-ter-ing/
- vulnerable /VUHL-ner-uh-buhl/
[noun] – the act of sending out gas, heat, light, etc.
The factory’s emission of harmful pollutants into the air was causing serious health problems for the nearby residents.
[adjective] – intended to be thrown away after use
Hospitals have switched to using disposable medical equipment to reduce the risk of infection and increase convenience for medical professionals.
[noun] – the people in an organization who manage its business and operations
The new administration has promised to focus on environmental issues and has already taken steps to increase funding for renewable energy research.
[noun] – the act of watching a situation carefully for a period of time in order to discover something about it
The wildlife conservation team is responsible for monitoring the population of endangered animals to ensure their survival.
[adjective] – able to be easily physically or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked
The elderly are considered a vulnerable population and may require additional support to maintain their health and well-being.
Advocacy groups have welcomed the move but say it does not go far enough. Communities exposed to the gas have been pushing for tighter controls on plants that use it, and environmental watchdog groups have welcomed the proposed rules. However, some have noted that the rules don’t go far enough to protect vulnerable communities as these regulations are long overdue.
- What are your insights about facilities that use cancer-causing gas to sanitize goods and equipment?
- Do you agree with the EPA’s decision to regulate the use of ethylene oxide? Why or why not?
- Do you think putting restrictions on the use of ethylene oxide will benefit the communities near the facilities that use the toxic gas?
- Do you think facilities should stop using ethylene oxide to sterilize medical devices, even though there aren’t any alternatives yet?
- Why do you think advocacy groups feel that the rules don’t do enough to protect vulnerable communities?
- ethylene oxide
- medical devices
- cancer risk
- protective equipment
- vulnerable communities