EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMEDICAL TESTING PROPOSED
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Nearly 25,000 Current, Former Preparation Plant Workers Could Undergo Medical Testing
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 4, 2013 10:45 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 5, 2013 11:36 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Nearly 25,000 current and former coal preparation plant workers would receive testing to detect diseases potentially linked to toxic chemical exposure under a proposed legal settlement.
The deal offers the exams for plant workers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and about 5,000 current or former West Virginia wastewater treatment facility employees.
Chemtall Inc. and a half-dozen other companies agreed to the nearly $14 million settlement to resolve litigation over exposure to chemicals used to separate solids from liquids during the processing of coal or the cleaning of municipal wastewater. The settlement includes funds for the medical monitoring program, as well as other fees and expenses.
The Charleston Gazette reported that the deal received initial approval last month in Marshall County Circuit Court. A hearing is set for May 1.
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