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Amid N95 mask shortage, new Waukegan site set up to sterilize thousands of masks daily with hydrogen peroxide gas

The Chicago Tribune

Posted by David Heinzmann on Apr 20, 2020

Columbus, Ohio (April 20, 2020)—Six years ago, the federal government hired an Ohio biochemical research company to figure out the best way to clean precious N95 masks if a pandemic ever created a shortage of personal protective equipment.

Late last week, in the parking lot of a medical device supplier in Waukegan, one of the first sterilization facilities developed by Battelle started loading used masks onto racks inside converted shipping containers and pumping in hydrogen peroxide gas. The process can clean and rejuvenate up to 80,000 N95s a day at the site, company officials said.


The Waukegan facility is intended to serve hospitals and first responders all over the Chicago area, free of charge, said Lewis Von Thaer, CEO of Battelle, a nonprofit research firm with a long history of government contracting.

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