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EPA Declares Emergency in Libby, MT

The small town of Libby, Montana has been the site of massive asbestos exposure over the years. Since 2002, it has been a Superfund priority based on the 1980 Superfund law concerning sites that are contaminated with hazardous materials. On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency declared a public health emergency at the site.

The area lies adjacent to a vermiculite mine that was operated from 1963 to 1990. Before the US Clean Air Act took effect in 1990, the mine spread asbestos through the town and the surrounding region, affecting workers and their families. The spread of the asbestos has caused over 200 deaths and even more asbestos related illnesses over the years.

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