Friday, June 19, 2009

First-ever public health emergency declared by EPA

For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency has declared in a health emergency. (New York Times) The location: Libby, Montana. The problem: asbestos contamination. For decades, townspeople worked an asbestos mine near Libby. Now, 200 are dead and hundreds (in the town of just 2,600) are sick. Mine executives (of the WR Grace & Company) were acquitted of any wrong doing recently, though they've agreed to contribute $250 million to cleanup of the site.

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