Posts Tagged ‘Libby’

Libby’s asbestos clinic fights subpoenas from companies denying asbestos toxicity

29 Oct 2018 by under News
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It’s hard for Dr. Brad Black to fathom why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is easing restrictions for asbestos-containing products when so many countries have banned the cancer-causing mineral because of its toxicity to humans. But it’s even more frustrating that companies blamed for knowingly exposing his patients to have hired doctors and radiologists to dispute his findings. (more…)


Deadline for suits against W.R. Grace & Co. approaches

8 Jan 2018 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Deadline for suits against W.R. Grace & Co. approaches, Montana residents affected by exposure are on notice as the deadline for filing suits against the mine  is quickly approaching. (more…)


Fire threat near Libby asbestos mine acts as ‘practice exercise’

27 Oct 2017 by under News
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When the West Fork Fire threated to encroach on the former W.R. Grace and Co. mine in Libby, Montana, officials were preparing to deploy the Libby Response Plan. As MyMeso previously reported, the mine was spared from the fire thanks to a drop in temperature and an increase in rainfall.  Daily Inter Lake reports local, state and federal officials used the experience as test run in case the mine is not as fortunate in the future, though. (more…)


Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team holds inaugural meeting

27 Sep 2017 by under News

Libby Montana Eagles 1 100x100 Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team holds inaugural meetingThe state of Montana entered the next step of remediation plans with the inaugural meeting of the Asbestos Advisory Team last week. (more…)


Wildfire threatens Libby asbestos mine

15 Sep 2017 by under News
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What happens when a former asbestos mine catches on fire? It’s a question those fighting fires nearing , Montana, the home of the former W.R. Grace & Co. asbestos mine, have had to address this week. News reports earlier this week discussed concerns the nearing West Fork Fire was causing due to its proximity to the mine and potential to release amounts of asbestos into the air. (more…)


$25 million settlement over asbestos exposure reached against state of Montanta

24 Jan 2017 by under News

640px Vermiculite1 100x100 $25 million settlement over asbestos exposure reached against state of Montanta Last week more than 1,000 workers, family members and community members sickened by a mine near , Montana, settled with the state of Montana for a total of $25 million.

The Flathead Beacon reports the settlements stem from nearly 100 lawsuits, each involving multiple claimants, brought against the state for failing to warn citizens of the hazards of the asbestos-contaminated W.R. Grace and Co. mine, which operated for decades outside of the town. The recent settlements follow another in 2011 for $43 million. The recent plaintiffs had not been diagnosed when the 2011 settlement with the state was reached. (more…)


Libby, Montana asbestos case to be reviewed by Workman’s Compensation Court

28 Jan 2015 by under Legal, News

forest libby 100x100 Libby, Montana asbestos case to be reviewed by Workman’s Compensation CourtIn 2009, Edwin Moreau died of asbestos-related lung cancer after working at W.R. Grace Mine in , Mont., for almost 30 years. Since he became ill, his wife, Cristita Moreau, has been battling to secure her husband’s benefits to cover his medical expenses. Initially, her claim for occupational disease benefits was refused by Transportation Insurance, W.R. Grace’s company covering claims from sick workers. In 2010, Moreau filed a petition with the Workman’s Compensation Court, which resulted in a settlement in 2013. (more…)


Naturally occurring asbestos fibers discovered in rocks and dust in Nevada

8 Jan 2014 by under News, Research/Treatment

actinolite asbestos 100x100 Naturally occurring asbestos fibers discovered in rocks and dust in NevadaA team of geologists from the (UNLV) are examining an area in Southern Nevada where naturally occurring asbestos fibers have been discovered in rocks and dust. The area under investigation stretches from Boulder City to the southeastern edge of the Valley, which encompasses about 1,200 square miles. (more…)


Libby, Montana, still waiting on EPA risk assessment of asbestos Superfund site

19 Aug 2013 by under Events, News, Organizations

asbestos warning 100x100 Libby, Montana, still waiting on EPA risk assessment of asbestos Superfund siteDespite initial promises to deliver its Human Health Risk Assessment of the , Mont., asbestos Superfund cleanup site in 2005, last week representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the final report would not be ready until late 2014. Residents of Libby have been struggling for more than a decade to recover from massive contamination that likely caused the deaths and serious illnesses of hundreds of residents. (more…)


Logging Libby: can asbestos-contaminated trees be harvested safely?

19 Nov 2012 by under News, Research/Treatment

forest libby 100x100 Logging Libby: can asbestos contaminated trees be harvested safely?A new feasibility study examines the possibility of logging some 35,000 acres of timber surrounding the town of Libby, Montana. Libby is the site of the former W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine, and now the largest and most deadly Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund cleanup site in the United States. (more…)