Posts Tagged ‘Montana’

Montana special court activated for asbestos exposure cases

1 Dec 2017 by under News

Libby Montana Eagles 1 100x100 Montana special court activated for asbestos exposure casesFor the first time since the act establishing it was passed in 2001, a special claims court will be activated in for people who have contracted or died from an asbestos-related disease. (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, , officials were preparing to deploy the Libby Asbestos 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…)


Montana DEQ faces suit over failure to ensure safe asbestos handling

25 Oct 2017 by under News

04 DEQLogo WhiteBG Web 100x100 Montana DEQ faces suit over failure to ensure safe asbestos handlingThe state of ’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is facing a lawsuit claiming it has failed to ensure waste is safely handled and properly disposed. (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 entered the next step of remediation plans with the inaugural meeting of the Libby Superfund 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 Libby, , the home of the former 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…)


Center for Asbestos Related Disease to receive $2.5 million for asbestos health screenings

2 May 2017 by under News

Daines Official Senate Portrait 100x100 Center for Asbestos Related Disease to receive $2.5 million for asbestos health screeningsLast week a town in plagued by -related diseases received some welcome news. U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced last week the Center for Related Disease (CARD) Clinic will receive $2,499,999 for asbestos health screenings. (more…)


EPA remediation deadline passes for Libby residents

4 Apr 2017 by under News

Libby Montana Eagles 1 100x100 EPA remediation deadline passes for Libby residentsThe deadline for Libby, Montana, residents to request asbestos cleanup on their properties has come and gone. March 31 was the end of the ’s “last call” for residents in Libby and surrounding Lincoln County to put their properties’ asbestos remediation on the EPA’s tab, according to the Flathead Beacon.

Libby was home to an asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine from 1963 to 1990, and the EPA has been conducting asbestos cleanup in the surrounding area since it was declared a Superfund site in the early 2000s. The EPA has been wrapping up its final push to get residents to sign access agreements so the agency can investigate and/or remediate remaining properties. (more…)


ADAO annual conference set for April 2017

27 Jan 2017 by under Events

640px Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel 100x100 ADAO annual conference set for April 2017Since 2005, the Disease Awareness Organization’s (ADAO) annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference has brought together more than 300 speakers from 14 different countries to speak about joint efforts in education, advocacy and awareness.

This year’s event, to be held April 7-9, 2107, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, , is set to add to those numbers with doctors, scientists, experts, advocates and victims gathering to help prevent and eliminate asbestos-causing diseases. (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 vermiculite mine near , , 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 -related lung cancer after working at W.R. Grace Mine in Libby, 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…)