Region 8

Libby Asbestos

What's New?

EPA Announces Proposed Plan for Cleanup

Public Comment Period Extended to August 7, 2015

The public is invited to review and comment on the EPA’s proposed plan for cleanup and long-term management for all remaining portions of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site, with the exception of the former Libby vermiculite mine and forested areas.

Proposed plan and related documents »

Print copies of the proposed plan and a flyer about the proposed plan are available at the following locations:

  • EPA Information Center, 108 E. 9th Street, Libby, 293‑6194
  • Lincoln County Library in Libby, 220 West 6th Street, 293-2778
  • Lincoln County Library in Troy, 207 3rd Street, 295‑4040
  • Lincoln County Asbestos Resource Program, 418 Mineral Avenue, Libby, 291‑5335

The Administrative Record containing all documents that support the proposed plan is available at the libraries in Libby and Troy. Please call the EPA Information Center at 406-293-6194 if you would like to receive a copy of the proposed plan by mail.

Public Meetings

EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality hosted two public meetings to present the proposed plan:

  • May 20, 2015: 7 to 9 p.m., Kootenai Senior Center, 304 3rd Street, Troy
  • May 21, 2015: 7 to 9 p.m., City of Libby’s Ponderosa Room, 952 E. Spruce Street, Libby

An additional meeting is planned to allow for more input on institutional controls and review comments received to date:

  • July 15, 2015: 7 to 9 p.m., City of Libby’s Ponderosa Room, 952 E. Spruce Street, Libby

Three Ways to Submit Comments by August 7, 2015

  1. Provide comments at the public meetings
  2. Bring comments to EPA’s Libby Information Center, 108 E. 9th Street, Libby, Montana 59923
  3. Email comments to EPALibbyPlan@epa.gov or mail to:

Rebecca Thomas, Project Manager
U.S. EPA Region 8 (EPR-SR)
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, Colorado 80202-1129

If you have questions about the proposed plan or would like more information about the ongoing cleanup, contact:

Jennifer Lane (lane.jennifer@epa.gov), EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, 800‑227-8917 ext. 312-6813
Jeni Flatow (jflatow@mt.gov), MDEQ Public Information Officer, 406-444-6422


EPA Announces Availability of Five-Year Review Report

The first five-year review of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site is complete and concludes that the remedies implemented for the former export plant (now Riverfront Park) and screening plant are protective of human health and the environment. A five-year review is required by statute because some contamination remains in place.

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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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