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Asbestos found in piles of wood in Libby

Environmental Protection Agency officials recently announced that they found the presence of asbestos fibers in piles of wood in Libby, Montana.

The town, with a population of 3,000, has had more than $370 million spent on asbestos removal projects by the EPA over the past 11 years.  An estimated 1,750 have become sick from asbestos in the town and 400 people have died from asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos became a problem in Libby because of the W.R. Grace vermiculite mine.  The vermiculite stripped from a mountainside in Libby was used to make insulation for many years.

After federal authorities discovered that vermiculite contained lethal asbestos, abatement projects began in the city and have not stopped.  Most recently, investigators found that two large piles of wood chips and bark were contaminated with asbestos.

Before discovering this, the wood chips and bark were distributed to locations throughout the town including schools, a cemetery, and city parks.

If you or someone you love has become ill as the result of being exposed to asbestos, contact us or visit our website,, today.

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