Medline Industries is pursuing FDA approval of a plan to resterilize hundreds of thousands of health care workers’ face masks now that sterilization services are back online at its Waukegan facility.

Medline said in a statement Friday that it brought three shifts a day back to work at the facility, sterilizing medical devices with ethylene oxide. After a months-long shutdown of the plant because of concern over emissions of the cancer-causing chemical, the company’s $10 million investment in emissions control was certified by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, giving it the green light to return to operations.

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