Attorney General Takes Action Against BD

Attorney General Chris Carr filed a complaint against Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) yesterday, alleging that the Newton County medical sterilization company “failed to recognize or disclose the duration and extent of the release,” referring to a September leak of 54.5 pounds of ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic gas that has also been the bane of residents in Fulton and Cobb Counties.

Perhaps most notably, the complaint urges the court to shut down the BD facility until the company meets several safety and pollution control conditions.

The company also drew a scathing rebuke from Governor Brian Kemp, who said in a statement:

“After months of failed negotiations, empty promises, and misleading reports of ethylene oxide leaks, we have filed a Temporary Restraining Order to suspend operations at the BD facility in Covington… Our top priority is the health and well-being of Georgia families. This measure is necessary to ensure transparency and prevent behavior that threatens the safety of employees and the community.”

Here’s the full text of the AG’s statement, where you will also find links to the motion, brief, and complaint.

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The ethylene oxide-using plants east of Atlanta didn’t get much attention when the story broke because of the jobs they provided. There can be public costs to regulation after the fact.