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2012-02-16 / General Stories

Alcoa Workers Invited To Workshop

Current and former Alcoa employees have been invited to a free seminar on coal tar pitch exposure Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lucy Patterson Center in Rockdale.

Richard Dodd, a senior partner with Cappolino Dodd Krebs in Cameron, said that many friends and clients wanted more information after receiving a letter from Alcoa.

“That letter raised concerns about the amount of exposure to coal tar pitch workers at the Rockdale plant may have endured over their careers,” he said.

Coal tar pitch is a by-product of burning coal and is a key ingredient in the manufacture of anode blocks. It is considered a human carcinogen.

The September 2011 letter urged certain Alcoa employees who worked around coal tar pitch for a year or more to get regular screenings. According to the letter, Alcoa would pay for the screenings.

Dodd said that his firm has helped several former Alcoa employees recover financial compensation for cancer caused by coal tar pitch exposure.

Medical and legal professionals will attend next week’s workshop to help answer questions about the health effects of coal tar pitch exposure.

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