Region 8

Libby Asbestos

What's New?

EPA has completed the Remedial Investigation Report for residential and commercial properties in and around the community of Libby, Operable Unit 4 of the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site. The report includes a comprehensive description of the nature and extent of Libby Amphibole asbestos contamination and describes investigative and removal actions between 1999 and 2013.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Lane (lane.jennifer@epa.gov), EPA Region 8 Community Involvement Coordinator, at 800-227-8917, ext. 312-6813


EPA Invites Community Participation in Five-Year Review

EPA is conducting the first five-year review of actions taken at Operable Units 1 and 2 of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site. Operable Unit 1 (former export plant) includes Riverfront Park and the embankments of Highway 37. Operable Unit 2 (former screening plant) includes the Flyway property and some surrounding residential  properties northeast of the City of Libby. The purpose of the review is to ensure that selected cleanup activities continue to protect human health and the environment. The review is scheduled to be completed by December 2014.

EPA's Community Involvement staff conducts interviews of community members during the five-year review. See an example of the interview questions here. Community members are encouraged to contact EPA with any information that may help us make a determination regarding the protectiveness and effectiveness of remedies at the site. Direct comments to:

Jennifer Lane (lane.jennifer@epa.gov)
Community Involvement Coordinator (8OC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-1129
800-227-8917, ext. 312-6813

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Are You New to Libby?

Libby Asbestos site location map

Since November 1999, EPA has cleaned up the major source areas of contamination around town. EPA is now cleaning up smaller sources found in a variety of places such as around homes and businesses. EPA conducts stringent clearance sampling after cleanup and has begun some targeted sampling to measure the effectiveness of cleanup several months later. EPA is also working on long-term plans to ensure that the cleanup remains protective and human health risks continue to be reduced over time. EPA's ongoing cleanup efforts continue to make Libby a safer place to live, work, and visit.

Until the cleanup is finished, disturbance of vermiculite is the most likely source of exposures to asbestos. So, learn what it looks like and where it is likely to be found—then leave it alone!

Libby scenic view

Contact the EPA Information Center (406-293-6194) for the latest information on the work being done by the Environmental Protection Agency in Libby. The staff will answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate resource. You can find out if your property has been screened for asbestos and if any cleanup work was done. Also, you can see samples of vermiculite in various forms and you can pick up a number of informative flyers and brochures.

Please visit the links in the box above, right for tips and information about vermiculite, asbestos, health information and resources, and EPA activities including sampling and cleanup, community involvement, updates and contacts.

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