Stories tagged: asbestos
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.
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:08 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Oct. 22, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
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.
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016, 4:14 p.m.
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.
Tue., May 24, 2016, 2:42 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
Asbestos mishandled in Spokane hotel remodel, attorney general says
Remodeling of Spokane House Hotel prompts charges for mishandling asbestos.
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 1:14 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Dec. 25, 2015, 9:22 p.m.
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 …
Fri., July 24, 2015
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 …
Wed., Feb. 4, 2015
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 …
Sun., April 21, 2013
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 …
Fri., March 15, 2013
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 …
Mon., July 16, 2012
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 …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012
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 …
Sun., Nov. 27, 2011
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 …
Fri., Sept. 16, 2011, 9:09 a.m.
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 …
Tue., June 28, 2011, 9 a.m.
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.
Sun., Dec. 26, 2010
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 …
Tue., July 6, 2010
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. …
Sat., June 5, 2010
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 …
Mon., Nov. 2, 2009, 12:29 p.m.
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.
Thu., Oct. 1, 2009
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 …
Wed., Sept. 30, 2009, 11:21 a.m.
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 …
Tue., June 30, 2009, 8:06 p.m.
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.
Sun., June 21, 2009
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 …
Thu., June 18, 2009
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 …
Wed., June 17, 2009, 11:11 a.m.
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.
Tue., June 16, 2009
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. …