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  • 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 …

  • EPA retests Spokane yards for asbestos

    Yards near W.R. Grace’s former Zonolite factory in Spokane are being retested for asbestos with new technology that can detect the cancer-causing fibers at ever lower levels.

  • Editorial: Libby action slightly better late than never

    If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to declare a public health emergency in Libby, Mont., sounds familiar, it’s because the feds were seemingly on the verge of doing that …

  • Agency declares health emergency in polluted Libby

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Wednesday it will pump more than $130 million into a Montana town where asbestos contamination has been blamed for more than 200 deaths. EPA …

  • EPA declares health emergency in Libby

    WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has declared a public health emergency in a contaminated community, targeting a Montana town Wednesday for immediate federal attention.

  • In brief: Final Grace trial charges dropped

    MISSOULA – Federal prosecutors Monday moved to dismiss charges against the final defendant in the Libby asbestos trial, a month after a Montana jury acquitted several of his former co-workers. …

  • Cleanup begins at City Parcel site

    Workers this week began cleaning up contamination at the former City Parcel site in North Spokane, part of a major remediation project expected to cost roughly $750,000. A contractor first …

  • Jury acquits Grace, executives in asbestos case

    W.R. Grace & Co. and three former executives were acquitted Friday of federal charges that they knowingly allowed Libby residents to be exposed to asbestos from the company’s vermiculite mine …

  • Closing arguments begin in asbestos trial

    Closing arguments in the W.R. Grace & Co. environmental crimes trial are under way in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

  • Grace asbestos trial under way again

    MISSOULA – Testimony in the W.R. Grace environmental crimes trial resumed Tuesday after a federal judge refused to dismiss charges alleging the company and four former executives knowingly concealed health …



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