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EPA Wrapping up Libby Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is deleting a portion of the Superfund site in Libby, Montana that is contaminated with asbestos. They came to the decision after performing the required cleaning activities at a former mine screening plant. The plant was used to separate vermiculite from the mined materials that also contains large amounts of asbestos.

Libby Clinic Treating Patients with Asbestos-Related Illness, Buried in Paperwork and Lawsuits

Libby, Montana residents are familiar with asbestos and its dangers. The infamous vermiculite mine in the town is full of naturally occurring asbestos. Hundreds of Libby residents have died from diseases related to asbestos exposure and thousands more are currently suffering.

Asbestos and mesothelioma: A brief history

Millions of Americans across the U.S. have suffered exposure to the asbestos fibers that cause the fatal conditions mesothelioma, lung cancer, other cancers, and asbestosis. In addition, workers who came home from the shipyards, construction sites, and factories with the dust on their clothes, skin, and hair also exposed their spouses and children -- many who have now been diagnosed with asbestos-related disease, themselves.

Asbestos Riddles Government Buildings in Austin

The City of Austin is reviewing their policies on asbestos after finding "numerous failures and deficiencies that may have led to exposures" at four government departments within the past two years (Barer, 2018). Recent reviews found that the City's plan specifically lacked people to manage the asbestos and the knowledge of how to test, remove, and handle asbestos.

Town Has High Hopes for Redevelopment After Asbestos Removal

The small town of Vienna, WV is one step closer to completing the cleanup of an abandoned Johns Manville plant. The former fiberglass production facility sits on 33 acres of land and has been an eyesore for the local residents since it was shut down in 2008. This has been an ongoing project that started in 2014 when the Vienna City Council approved an ordinance allowing the City to purchase the property from the previous owner, a development firm. Vienna's mayor and a city council member had the opportunity to walk through the property with a remediation specialist. It was clear that the previous owners had improperly demolished structures, leaving piles of asbestos-contaminated debris behind. The debris has been successfully removed, but there are still structures on the site that will eventually be removed, including a smokestack, an office building, and a small warehouse. Residents would eventually like to repurpose a large portion of the area for residential use.