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Montana Wants Asbestos Cleanup Assurance From EPA

BILLINGS, Mont. - Montana's congressional delegation is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency for assurances it will not pull out of the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby before its cleanup work is complete. Health workers say at least 400 people have died in rural Libby from contamination caused by a now-closed W.R. Grace vermiculite mine.

U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester and Rep. Denny Rehberg have recently asked the EPA to clarify its plans for the 3,900-person town. The EPA in May finalized its cleanup strategy for the first two of eight contaminated areas, including a town park. Some Libby residents and local elected leaders fear the EPA is rushing to finish its work, leaving the town at risk.
      
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