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Senate Probes EPA Handling of Libby

12:32 PM MDT | October 3, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Senator Max Baucus (D., MT) held a hearing late last week to investigate EPA’s 2002 decision to cancel plans to declare a public health emergency declaration for Libby, MT. W.R. Grace operated a vermiculite mine at Libby until 1990, and Libby residents suffer from asbestos-related diseases at a much higher rate than the national average, officials say. Baucus released a 50-page report showing that the EPA was on the verge of declaring a public health emergency in Libby in 2002, but abruptly halted that plan after interference by the White House Office of...

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