Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Asbestos 'emergency' declared in Montana

Asbestos 'emergency' declared in Montana
A Montana town where asbestos contamination has been blamed for more than 200 deaths will get new cleanup and medical assistance from the Obama administration under a "public health emergency" declared today. The declaration is the first ever issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has overseen the cleanup of Libby, Montana, for 10 years. full story

This is the wondeful part to all of this,,,,,,,
The Libby operation began producing vermiculite -- a mineral often used in insulation -- in 1919. Dust from the plant covered patches of grass, dusted the tops of cars and drifted through the air in a hazy smoke that became a part of residents' daily lives.

But the product was contaminated with tremolite asbestos, a particularly toxic substance that has been linked to mesothelioma, a cancer that can attack the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart.

Vermiculite was used in a lot of houses and everyone was told it was safe,.,,,

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