Libby News

EPA Blamed for Delays in Asbestos Study in Montana

Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure. The EPA’s Office of …

Judge Approves $4M for Libby Asbestos Attorneys

A state judge says lawyers for victims of asbestos exposure in a contaminated Montana town are entitled to more than $4 million in fees and expenses out of a $19.6 million settlement with chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and Co. State …

Scientists Back EPA on Libby Asbestos Risks

Federal officials say they anticipate finishing by late 2014 a risk study to guide the cleanup of a contaminated Montana mining town where hundreds have died from asbestos exposure. That comes after a panel of scientists recently backed a draft …

Logging a Possibility for Asbestos-Laden Montana Forest

A report on how to deal with 35,000 acres of asbestos-laden forest on a mix of private and public land in northwestern Montana suggests harvesting trees could be profitable if debarking can safely remove the asbestos. The 45-page study identifies …

EPA Pushes Tough Asbestos Standard for Montana Town

A proposed standard for federal cleanup of asbestos contamination in a Montana town concludes that even a tiny amount of the material can lead to lung problems – a benchmark far more rigorous than any in the past and one …

Origin of West Virginia Building Fire Found, Cause Undetermined

State investigators have found the origin of a fire that destroyed a historic building in downtown Welch, W.Va. Assistant state fire marshal Scott Rhodes tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the fire began on the third floor of the five-story …

EPA: Low Asbestos in Wood Chips from Libby, Montana

Test results from huge piles of wood chips that were being sold from a Montana Superfund site for use in landscaping show they contain some asbestos, but at levels so low federal officials said they posed no danger to humans. …

Montana Asbestos Victims Win $43M Settlement

A Montana judge has approved a $43 million settlement for more than a thousand asbestos victims who said state officials knew that dust from a mine was killing people but failed to intervene. An estimated 400 people have been killed …

Low Asbestos Levels in Wood Chips in Libby, Montana

Initial test results show only low levels of asbestos contamination in piles of wood chips and bark that were widely used for landscaping in a northwest Montana town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure, federal regulators said …