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
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
The employees have not been properly classified for hazard pay in a hazardous industry, he
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
"We want them to fulfill their promise to this community," he
Tetryl has not been used by the military since the Korean War, Kostenko
"It is extremely explosive and extremely caustic," Kostenko
The disappearance of the tetryl is merely another wrong in a series of "past wrong doings due to federal neglect," he
"The tetryl can be summarized as another neglect in a pattern of neglect," Kostenko