Region 8

Libby Asbestos

What's New?

After rigorous scientific review, EPA has completed the final toxicological review of Libby Amphibole asbestos (LA). This includes the potential cancer and non-cancer human health effects from inhalation exposure to LA. Using these values and exposure data collected in Libby and Troy, EPA has also completed a draft Site-wide Human Health Risk Assessment.

Copies of all related documents also available at the following locations:

  • EPA Information Center at 108 E. 9th Street, Libby, MT 59923
  • Lincoln County Library in Libby at 220 W. 6th Street, Libby, MT 59923
  • Lincoln County Library in Troy at 3rd & Kalispell, Troy, MT 59935

EPA is hosting three public meetings this week to present and answer questions about the toxicity and risk assessments. We will offer additional public availability sessions early in 2015.

  • Tuesday Dec. 9, 7 to 9 p.m., City of Libby Ponderosa Room, 952 E. Spruce Street
  • Wednesday Dec. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Kootenai Senior Center, 304 Third Street
  • Thursday Dec. 11, 7 to 9 p.m., City of Libby Ponderosa Room, 952 E. Spruce Street

For more information, contact the Libby Information Office at 406-293-6194.

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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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