News articles have been coming out today concerning new developments at the Libby, Montana Asbestos Cleanup Site.
In what must be the most expensive asbestos abatement project in US history, since 2009, the EPA has spent roughly $575M cleaning up the contamination caused by the nearby infamous mine.
The EPA now gets ready to hand off much of the responsibility to the state and local level. To take on this new responsibility, a five-member Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team was established by the Montana Legislature earlier this year. The advisory team of state and local officials and one citizen will work with environmental agencies to come up with ways to prevent further exposure to asbestos that remains in the small towns of Libby and Troy. Further asbestos testing of soils and walls in the area will be required for years to come.
It is estimated that nearly 400 people have died from the asbestos contamination in Libby.
You can read more about these developments here.