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Hundreds of buildings in Libby still need asbestos cleanup

May 1st, 2013

Hundreds of buildings in Libby, Montana still need to be cleaned as the government conducts its decontamination of the asbestos-ridden town. Work began in 2009 after the entire town of Libby was declared a public health emergency by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Libby is near the W.R. Grace vermiculite mine, which was the center of industry for the small town until being shut down in 1990. The mine is responsible for cloaking the town in deadly asbestos, which has led to hundreds of citizens developing asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer.

Workers would bring home carcinogenic asbestos fibers on their clothes, and piles of asbestos would form outside the town near schools and public places. The widespread asbestos exposure has experts predicting hundreds of deaths over the next decade from mesothelioma.

 

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