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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.
Community members are encouraged to contact EPA with any information that may help us make our determination regarding the protectiveness and effectiveness of the remedies at the site. Comments should be directed to:
Jennifer Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Community Involvement Coordinator (8OC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-1129
800-227-8917, ext. 312-6813
Results Available from EPA Customer Service Survey
EPA conducted a survey to receive your feedback on our community involvement efforts and to learn about the community’s preferences for participation at the site. The survey ran during August and was then extended through October in an effort to boost participation.
EPA Shares Feedback from Removal Program
EPA is constantly looking for ways to improve the asbestos removal program. We regularly request feedback from those who participate in the program. We are happy to share that the majority of property owners who have responded to these requests report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their experience. This pie chart compiles results of a question that asked responders to rank their overall experience with work done on their property during the two most recent construction seasons.
Are You New to Libby?
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!
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.