Stories tagged: Libby
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 …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 11:17 a.m.
Lawsuit challenges approval of Spokane company-sponsored Montana copper, silver mine
Environmentalists are challenging U.S. Forest Service approval of a $500 million copper and silver mine in northwest Montana, citing concerns from state officials that it could drain surrounding waterways and …
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 …
Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, midnight
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, midnight
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 …
Thu., April 11, 2013, midnight
Ruling stalls Montana mining project
A Montana court ruling has added a legal roadblock to plans by a Spokane company to develop a large silver and copper mine in northwest Montana, including a portion that …
Mon., July 16, 2012, midnight
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, midnight
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 …
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.
Tue., July 6, 2010, midnight
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, midnight
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 …
Fri., Nov. 13, 2009, midnight
Libby official alleges EPA fraud
BILLINGS – A city councilman in Libby said Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency owes the asbestos-plagued Superfund community $2 million for the demolition of several contaminated buildings. The city-owned …
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, midnight
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 …
Sun., June 21, 2009, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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. …
Fri., May 8, 2009, 10:47 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 6, 2009, 10:10 a.m.
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.
Wed., April 29, 2009, midnight
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 …
Tue., April 28, 2009, midnight
Grace judge slams prosecutors
MISSOULA – The federal judge considering motions to dismiss charges in the W.R. Grace asbestos case told prosecutors Monday that they “presented discombobulated allegations and you don’t understand the evidence …
Mon., April 27, 2009, 7:32 a.m.
Judge to hear dismissal motion in Grace case
A federal judge in Missoula planned a hearing Monday on a motion to end the W.R. Grace trial, in which the company and five former executives are accused of knowingly …
Fri., April 24, 2009, midnight
Grace judge excludes prosecutors’ exhibits
MISSOULA – The judge in the environmental crimes trial of W.R. Grace and Co. has excluded all but seven of the 53 exhibits that prosecutors recently submitted as evidence. Columbia, …
Tue., April 14, 2009, 9:18 a.m.
Defense: Gov’t witness had immunity agreement
Defense lawyers in the W.R. Grace & Co. trial allege a key government witness had an undisclosed immunity agreement with prosecutors and they want to know if other witnesses have …
Fri., April 10, 2009, midnight
Grace tried to make products safe, witness says
MISSOULA – Defense attorneys in the W.R. Grace & Co. criminal trial sought to emphasize Thursday in cross-examining a government witness that former Grace executives, through research and product testing, …
Thu., April 9, 2009, midnight
Grace judge weighs disputed testimony
MISSOULA – The federal judge in the W.R. Grace & Co. trial said Wednesday that a key government witness may have perjured himself. “He came as close as I would …
Wed., March 25, 2009, 9:57 a.m.
Former employee helped delay asbestos studies
A former W.R. Grace & Co. executive has testified that he helped the company delay a federal health study of the Libby vermiculite mine.