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COVINGTON – BD (Beckton, Dickinson and Company) issued a release Thursday stating that a two-day stack test on Sept. 11-12 done by a third-party emissions testing firm, determined that the emissions abatement technology used at BD’s Covington facility destroys 99.999% of ethylene oxide (EtO) routed to the abatement system during the medical product sterilization process.

On Sept. 27, BD self-reported an unintended release of Et0 that began on Sept. 15, three days after the stack test. BD suffered a vacuum pump exhaust stack leak that sent 54 pounds of ethylene oxide into the air over an eight-day period. Approximately 7 pounds of Et0 was released each day from Sept. 15-22. State regulations do not require an organization to self-report unintended releases of Et0 under 10 pounds in a 24-hour period, but BD notified the EPD of the release.

Meanwhile, Montrose Environmental, the company contracted by the city of Covington to test the air quality in Covington and several surrounding areas intends to complete the process by the end of October. Once a final report is created, consultants from Montrose Environmental will travel to Covington and make a formal presentation of

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.