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Beryllium plant: Public needs to speak out about their environment

The Materion plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of beryllium oxide products in on South Tucson Boulevard in a residential neighborhood with numerous nearby schools. Materion, formerly known as Brush Ceramics and Brush Wellman, opened its ceramics manufacturing plant in 1980. Since then, at least 35 employees have developed chronic beryllium disease, and at least 5 have died. People had fears and concerns that the risk posed by the Brush Wellman plant isn't limited to its employees.
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