Libby, Montana May Receive Emergency Declaration by EPA
In January 2009, Lisa Jackson, the Obama administration’s nominee to assume the directorship of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that if she is approved, she plans to meet with leaders in Libby, Montana and would reconsider a controversial 2002 EPA ruling that meant a public health emergency was not declared for Libby.
Libby was designated a Superfund site in 2002, after an invesitgation into the vermiculite mine operated by W. R. Grace Libby found that asbestos-contaminated vermiculate had been processed. Hundreds of current and former Libby residents have become ill with serious asbestos diseases resulting from the asbestos-containing vermiculate.
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