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Workers at coal preparation plants in West Virginia and Pennsylvania will get medical examinations for working near a potentially dangerous chemical, according to a news release from lawyers representing coal plant workers in a class action lawsuit.

The chemical in question is polyacrylamide, known as flocculent or floc. The chemical is used to separate solids from liquids. According to the class action lawsuit, the chemical is toxic and exposed workers to a higher risk of "serious diseases."

"The defendants have agreed to pay approximately $6.6 million for free medical examinations for workers included in the class," a release from attorneys stated. "Anyone who worked at a coal preparation or water treatment plant in West Virginia or a coal preparation plant in Pennsylvania where the chemical was used is included in the settlement as a class member."

Anyone who worked at a coal preparation plant or a water treatment plant that used polyacrylamide is eligible.

Those who want an examination must fill out a claim form at www.FlocSettlement.com or call 877-738-3562. The deadline has not yet been set by the court, the release states, but could be as early as March 1, 2014. Objections to the settlement may be filed in writing up until April 1.

The lawsuit was brought against Chemtall Inc., CIBA Specialty Chemicals Corp., Cytec Industries and other chemical companies who produced or distributed the chemicals.