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Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Three workers at the ArcelorMittal's coke plant in Monessen were treated after they were exposed to a chemical shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.

Monessen Municipal Fire Chief Chris Rhome confirmed the incident, but did not know the identity of the employees involved. Rhome said firefighters from the city's two fire companies were called out in part to prepare for an emergency helicopter landing, if necessary. Those injured, however, were taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital, he said.

A hospital spokesperson said by policy, condition information could not provided unless the media could identify those injured.

Two spokespersons for the ArcelorMittal's U.S. operations did not return calls or respond to emails seeking comment and identification of the employees involved.

The Valley Independent attempted to speak to plant management Thursday afternoon, but was stopped at the gate at Third Street by guard Joshua Carney, who said speaking to any plant management personnel was “out of the question” and that no one would be available before Monday.

“That matter is being evaluated and assessed by our in-house investigators,” Carney said.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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