Photo courtesy of Montana Public Interest Research Group
Northwestern Montana is home to one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters in recent decades. Since the 1960s, over 200 people in the Libby area have died of asbestos-related lung diseases caused by dust from a vermiculite mine located seven miles north of Libby. The problem started to draw national attention in November of 1999 when an article appeared in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
November and December 1999 . . .
A human tragedy. . .
Governor uses “silver bullet” . . .
Background . . .
CLICK HERE to watch a 2.5 minute video about the situation in Libby.
Below: This map shows the locations of other "superfund sites" in Montana. Click on the Hot Link to learn about the individual sites.
|*Other superfund sites in Montana|
|*Seattle P-I article from November 1999|
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