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The Tribune asked key participants in this story to choose the one thought they would most like to share with readers. Their responses:

Dan Nottage, general manager, Mattel Portland: 'Our main goal has always been to do the right thing for our employees. We have ongoing communications programs, have engaged independent medical experts to design free medical exams used by 1,400 employees, and we are cooperatively working with all government agencies, including those associated with the health study.'

Jane Haley, president, Oregon Center for Environmental Health: 'These people were poisoned in the workplace and Mattel maintains that these extraordinary exposures are not a health threat. A health study is small justice, but it acknowledges what happened and establishes accountability for the companies that dumped toxins in their own aquifer and then served them up to their workers."