The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating why nothing was done with a 1982 study that found alarming levels of asbestos in ore used by W.R. Grace and Co. to make building products.
The Environmental Protection Agency knew more than 15 years ago that asbestos fibers were killing people in the small Montana town of Libby.
More than 50 people gathered at the meeting arranged by City Council members Joe Biernat and Paul Ostrow and County Commissioner Mark Stenglein. They joined state health and pollution-control officials to address neighbors' concerns about recent media reports citing asbestos problems at the Grace Co. and the now-defunct B.F. Nelson Co. plant.
Asbestos-related lawsuits, growing in number for several years, have exploded as an emotional fireball on Capitol Hill.
Testing for Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases is recommended for Libby residents.