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Asbestos stops work on Otis Hotel renovation

Work to restore the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane was stopped this month after air quality inspectors found signs of asbestos, and no sign the developer had hired a certified …


Montana judge: Insurer liable in $43M asbestos settlement

A Montana judge says a Nebraska-based insurance company is liable for a $43 million settlement between the state and people sickened by exposure to asbestos from a Libby vermiculite mine.


Spokane may have to pay $330,000 to demolish burned out Hillyard building that likely has asbestos

The building’s owner, Ivan Kriger, has not submitted plans to comply with a building official’s order that the property at 3011 E. Wellesley Ave. be torn down following a November …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Special Montana court to oversee hundreds of deadly asbestos claims

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the creation of a special court to oversee hundreds of claims filed on behalf of people who became ill or died following exposure …


Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review

Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Contractor sues Montana for inaction on asbestos dumping

An asbestos-disposal contractor is taking Montana environmental officials to court for failing to crack down on the improper disposal of asbestos, a commonly used and potentially deadly building material.


Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure entered a new phase Thursday as officials turn their focus …


Deadline nears for asbestos work in contaminated Libby

Residents of a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning have until the end of the month to contact environmental officials to …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

Montana asbestos victims to get $25 million from state

The state of Montana has reached a $25 million settlement with more than 1,000 victims of asbestos-related disease over claims that health officials failed to bring attention to the hazards …


Asbestos found at Portland blast site

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found asbestos at the blast site after natural gas sparked an explosion in northwest Portland.


Restitution ordered for Spokane House Hotel renovation that exposed the public to asbestos

The owners of a company will have to pay $115,000 in restitution for exposing the public to asbestos-laden debris while remodeling the former Spokane House Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.


House approves bill to regulate toxic chemicals

The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing …


Asbestos mishandled in Spokane hotel remodel, attorney general says

Remodeling of Spokane House Hotel prompts charges for mishandling asbestos.


Asbestos-contaminated Montana town has cleanup plan approved

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have died due to asbestos …


Home repair should include asbestos check

Two recent windstorms left many Spokane-area homes with damaged roofs and eaves. As homeowners begin the process of hiring contractors or doing their own repairs, they should be on the …


Idaho Transportation Department to pay $52K in fines for asbestos error

The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay nearly $52,000 in fines for demolishing a Priest River office building that was riddled with asbestos, without taking precautions to keep the …


Spokane County to pay EPA $100,000 for soil tests at vermiculite site

Spokane County will pay more than $100,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for soil testing costs at a former asbestos processing site in the West Central neighborhood. The agreement between …


EPA blamed for delays in Libby asbestos studies

BILLINGS – Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency last week for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where …


State Senate passes asbestos labeling

OLYMPIA – People buying supplies for a home remodeling project might not realize that they have asbestos in them. The state Senate says the product should say so right on …


Tiny Montana town reaches milestone in asbestos cleanup

BILLINGS – Grass and freshly planted trees are sprouting in a new town park that sits atop the site of a vermiculite plant that once spewed asbestos dust across the …


Grace proposes Libby medical trust

KALISPELL, Mont. – A proposed settlement in the W.R. Grace and Co. bankruptcy case would pay $19.5 million into a trust for people sickened by asbestos exposure from the company’s …


Asbestos washing from Montana mine

BILLINGS – Federal officials have entered discussions with W.R. Grace & Co. over how to clean up asbestos washing into the Kootenai River from a deadly vermiculite mine the company …


Judge OKs $43 million for Libby asbestos victims

A state judge has approved a $43 million settlement for more than 1,000 asbestos victims who said the state failed to warn Libby residents about the dangers of a nearby …


Libby clinic receives $10 million grant for screenings

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says a clinic in Libby, Mont., has secured a $10 million, four-year federal grant to screen people for asbestos-related disease.


Do It Yourself: Attic humidifier may be risky and unnecessary

Q. We have been getting conflicting advice about a humidifier in the heating-air conditioning system located in our attic. The installer of our system recommended the humidifier and it has …


Lawmakers pressure EPA on Montana town’s cleanup

BILLINGS – Montana’s congressional delegation is seeking assurances from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the government will not leave the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby before its cleanup is complete. …


Study will track Libby graduates’ health

Researchers have embarked on an ambitious study to track the health of thousands of high school graduates over a half century in a Montana town where a toxic mine has …


Five-year study launched on Libby asbestos impacts

Medical researchers have started a five-year investigation into the long-term health effects of human exposure to asbestos-tainted vermiculite ore in Libby, Mont.


EPA studying dangers near old Zonolite factory

Respirator-wearing technicians from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were back testing for asbestos this week near W.R. Grace’s former Zonolite factory in Spokane. During soil testing in June, the agency …


EPA continues asbestos testing in West Central

Additional asbestos testing is taking place today near W.R. Grace’s former Zonolite factory in Spokane. EPA officials want to know if routine activities – such as shoveling dirt or raking …