- Do you have a Clean Air Act regulation in your city? Tell me about it.
- Do you think companies that use toxic gases in their operations affect the communities near them? In what ways?
- chemical /KEM-i-kuhl/
- standard /STAN-derd/
- virtual /VUR-choo-uhl/
- community /kuh-MYOO-ni-tee/
- regulation /reg-yuh-LEY-shuhn/
[noun] – any basic substance that is used in or produced by a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules
The chemist carefully measured out the chemicals and added them to the mixture, hoping to achieve a reaction that would produce a new compound.
[noun] – a level of quality
The school had a rigorous curriculum and high academic standards, which made it a popular choice for parents who wanted their children to receive a top-notch education.
[adjective] – done using computer technology over the internet, and not involving people physically going somewhere
The company held a virtual meeting using video conferencing software since everyone was working from home and unable to meet in person.
[noun] – the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationality
The community decided to organize a block party to bring everyone together and foster a sense of unity and belonging among the residents.
[noun] – an official rule or the act of controlling something
In order to ensure the safety of consumers, the government created a set of regulations that companies had to follow when manufacturing and selling the new technology.
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 new regulations are long overdue.
- What chemical is the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing new restrictions on?
- How much does the EPA aim to reduce ethylene oxide gas emissions by?
- How many commercial sterilization facilities in the US have the proposed rules affected?
- What kind of medical items would the new rules affect?
- What is the maximum limit for the application rate of ethylene oxide per liter of air?
- 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?