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  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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. …


  • W. Central Spokane yards retested 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. For Kandi Smith, …


  • 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.


  • Zonolite deadline draws near

    A deadline looms for people whose homes or businesses contain Zonolite Attic Insulation, a granular, gray-gold material tainted with shards of asbestos. Property owners have until Oct. 31 to file …


  • Vermiculite mining in Libby left trouble in the air

    Early on, it was the miners who were getting sick from the asbestos-laden ore they dug near the small Montana town of Libby. Most are dead now, but more people …

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