Our Story

SAEtO was founded in the fall of 2018 by two sisters in Hinsdale, Illinois. Concerned by high ETO emissions and high cancer rates near their school, Catherine and Alexandra Collins started the student advocacy group with the aim of spreading awareness and student involvement to protect the air around them from pollution by a nearby ETO emitter. We decided to bring light to the problem in our backyard by talking to students and providing a platform for them to write government officials at all levels to protect us from harmful ETO emissions.  Although the chemical facility in our area has been shut down, we’re using this momentum to empower students at other high schools throughout Illinois and in other states to speak up for clean air and against cancer-causing ETO.

Acute inhalation exposure of workers to high levels of ethylene oxide has resulted in nausea, vomiting, neurological disorders, bronchitis, pulmonary edema, and