Wrong Michael Kostenko?

Last Updated 3/10/2007

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Coal Country Clinic

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Dr. Michael Kostenko of the Coal Country Clinic, a specialist in treating toxic exposure, said Talon employees have been exposed to a variety of toxins.

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The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia - Local physician sponsors public meeting for Talon employees

Employees of Talon Manufacturing have been grossly underpaid and exposed to a variety of toxins resulting in numerous health problems, according to Dr. Michael Kostenko of the Coal Country Clinic.Now they face the possibility of losing their jobs, if Talon Manufacturing pulls out of Wyoming County.Kostenko specializes in the treatment of workers who have been exposed to toxins and has been working for three years to help Talon employees secure the protection of federal regulatory agencies overseeing the industry - including hazard pay and a safe work environment.To that end, he is sponsoring a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Mullens Opportunity Center, the former grade school building.Several elected officials have been invited, he said."They've been paid $7 an hour instead of the $20 paid throughout the industry," Kostenko emphasized.The employees have not been properly classified for hazard pay in a hazardous industry, he explained.Additionally, Talon failed to provide a safe working environment, Kostenko charged, and the federal government has failed to step in and ensure that the company operate within federal regulations."These men and women have done incredible things," Kostenko said of the employees.If the federal government allows the company to move out, it is consistent with a cover-up, Kostenko said."We want them to fulfill their promise to this community," he said.Tetryl has not been used by the military since the Korean War, Kostenko noted."It is extremely explosive and extremely caustic," Kostenko emphasized.The disappearance of the tetryl is merely another wrong in a series of "past wrong doings due to federal neglect," he charged."The tetryl can be summarized as another neglect in a pattern of neglect," Kostenko said.

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The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia - Meeting set to air Talon concerns

PINEVILLE - Employees of Talon Manufacturing have been grossly underpaid and exposed to a variety of toxins resulting in numerous health problems, according to Dr. Michael Kostenko of Coal Country Clinic.Now, if Talon Manufacturing pulls out of Wyoming County, they face the possibility of losing their jobs.Kostenko specializes in the treatment of workers who have been exposed to toxins and has been working for three years to help Talon employees secure the protection of federal regulatory agencies overseeing the industry, including hazard pay and a safe work environment.To that end, he is sponsoring a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Mullens Opportunity Center, the former grade school building.Several elected officials have been invited, he said.Talon Manufacturing recycles, or de-mills, old ammunition, as well as ammunition that is no longer used by the armed forces.The company has a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to decompose these munitions."They've been paid $7 an hour instead of the $20 paid throughout the industry," Kostenko emphasized.The employees have not been properly classified for hazard pay in a hazardous industry, he explained.Additionally, Talon fail-ed to provide a safe working environment, Kostenko charged, and the federal government has failed to step in and ensure that the company operates within federal regulations."These men and women have done incredible things," Kostenko said of the employees.If the federal government allows the company to move out, it is consistent with a cover-up, Kostenko said."We want them to fulfill their promise to this community," he said.Tetryl has not been used by the military since the Korean War, Kostenko noted."It is extremely explosive and extremely caustic," Kostenko emphasized.The disappearance of the tetryl is merely another wrong in a series of "past wrong doings due to federal neglect," he charged."The tetryl can be summarized as another neglect in a pattern of neglect," Kostenko said.

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