A clinic funded through a $300 million settlement of PCBs pollution claims has opened with administrators hoping to sign up as many as 5,000 people for health screenings and care within a year.
The Tolbert Health Care Clinic, named for the lead plaintiff, will provide free prescription medicine, primary care and basic dental care to Anniston residents who filed claims.
Settlement administrator Ed Gentle said about 2,000 people already have registered for the clinic.
The clinic is funded through the mass settlement with companies that were sued over decades of contamination in Anniston by a plant that made PCBs, the now-banned electrical lubricant also known as polychlorinated biphenyls.
Studies have shown PCBs to pose a health risk.