In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their final plans to clean up the asbestos within Libby, Montana. Libby is considered an Asbestos Superfund site by the EPA, meaning it is some of the nation’s most contaminated land. Asbestos poses a threat to residents living in Libby.
Part of the asbestos clean-up plan in Libby includes removing the hazardous substance from homes within the town. While many residents have agreed to cooperate with the EPA’s clean-up plan, there are some that have declined to participate. Asbestos will be left that is sealed behind walls or ceilings and buried under concrete or soil.
The EPA has is initiating an “early last call” for residents who have yet to take advantage of free asbestos investigations. At some point this year, residents will be financially responsible for having asbestos located and removed from their homes, if it is present. The date has not yet been determined.
It has been estimated that there are about seven hundred properties in Libby that have not yet been inspected. If you are a Libby resident, participating in the investigation process will allow you to make informed decisions when dealing with asbestos on your property.