The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it was deleting a portion of the asbestos-contaminated Superfund site in Libby after determining that all required cleanup activities at the former screening plant are complete.
According to federal officials, removing the old screening plant from Superfund represents a milestone in the sprawling effort to undo more than six decades of contamination, during which a vermiculite mine daily spewed tons of asbestos-laden dust over the idyllic town situated in Northwest Montana.
Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands sickened following decades of exposure to asbestos from the now-shuttered W.R. Grace and Co. vermiculite mine, once the lifeblood of Libby as workers filled lucrative jobs mining asbestos-laced ore, then carried the dust home on their clothes, exposing themselves and their families to the deadly fibers.
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