W.R. Grace & Co. News

Special Court Will Oversee Hundreds of Deadly Montana Asbestos Claims

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the creation of a special court to oversee hundreds of claims filed on behalf of people who became ill or died following exposure to asbestos from the now-closed W.R. Grace Inc. vermiculite mine …

Montana Will Pay $25M to Settle Asbestos Claims

The state of Montana has reached settlements totaling $25 million with more than 1,000 victims of asbestos-related disease over claims that health officials failed to bring attention to the hazards of a contaminated mine. The Flathead Beacon reported that the …

EPA, Forest Service Want Permanent Firefighters Near Montana Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service want to station 10 firefighters near Libby, Mont., this summer so crews are immediately available to fight any fire that night burn in or near a former vermiculite mine contaminated with …

As EPA Reviews Montana Mine Cleanup, Concerns of Leftover Asbestos Remain

Federal officials say their final analysis of a Montana community wracked by a deadly asbestos contamination shows a costly and much-criticized cleanup is working, even though some 700 properties have yet to be investigated and concerns linger over asbestos left …

Health Program for Western Asbestos Victims Expanded

A pilot program that provides medical and other services to victims of asbestos exposure has been expanded to include 18 additional counties in Montana, Idaho and Washington. The program offers home assistance, mileage reimbursements for medical travel and other benefits …

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 …