The city of Covington and the state EPD plan to conduct air testing in the vicinity of the BD Bard plant on Industrial Boulevard to measure emissions of ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen. Newton County District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson has called on the city to revoke the company’s business license, something the city says it has no authority to do.

COVINGTON — Newton County commissioners heard from two experts Tuesday as they continue to explore what role the county might play in testing for ethylene oxide emissions from the BD Bard plant in Covington.

Commissioners reached no conclusion following the discussion but did indicate that they might invite the experts back for a future work session. Chairman Marcello Banes said the county would look to include engineers and other experts at that work session.

Dr. Abby Mutic, a nurse researcher with the Southeast Pediatric and Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Emory University, and her


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