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Poor, Beautiful Libby, Montana (SUPERFUND POSTER CHILD) by rocamiadesign

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Enter an internet search for Libby, and the first thing that will come up is news about the ecological disaster that decimated the town’s population. READ THE LATEST ARTICLE HERE.

Libby used to be a paradise. It sits in one of the lowest elevations in Montana, by the beautiful Kootenai River, a summer vacationer’s dream. My family and I used to spend almost every summer there.

Now, Libby is known as the deadliest Superfund site in United States history. The W.R. Grace vermiculite mine has been in operation since 1963. A study in the 1980s showed that 70 percent of the miners had fibers in their lungs. In this new century, the children of the miners have been showing up in local clinics with asbestos related lung diseases. My dad worked in a sawmill in Libby in the 70s and ended up with emphysema when he was in this thirties.

The thing that really makes me angry is that some court judge has decided that W.R. Grace isn’t responsible for all the deaths in this town. After decades of coverups, the court ruled that the company didn’t know that asbestos was dangerous to health!

- Shaun -

THIS MEMORIAL DAY, LET US REMEMBER THE MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES who have died and will die because of one company’s greed. I have trouble believing that they didn’t know asbestos was harmful. I was 8 years old, the year W.R. Grace started operating the mine, and I was old enough at the time to understand that asbestos was dangerous and avoid contact with it.

- Kathleen -

5/28/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT group.


asbestos, ecological disaster, kootenai forest, libby montana, poor beautiful libby, roca mia design, shaun emerson, superfund site, vermiculite, w r grace


  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    A stunning landscape!!

  • Thank you very much!

    - Shaun -

    – rocamiadesign

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    That’s beautiful!

  • gaele
    gaeleabout 4 years ago

    Another example of communities and individuals who have been and still are exposed to asbestos due to big company greed – so tragic and unjust – appreciate the photograph and information…

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldabout 4 years ago

    A sad story indeed! It looks like a gorgeous area….too bad greed wins again.

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature of this image.
    The story that goes with the serene image is dreadful, reminiscent of the James Hardie asbestos case in Australia, but the Montana situation seems even worse!

  • Thank you, Trish!

    Unfortunately, the situation in Libby is terrible. The E.P.A. has been trying to clean the area up for years. The businesses that kept the town going have fled, leaving the people with no resources to turn to, other than government aid. They can’t sell their homes. Nobody will buy them. These are proud people, who would rather work than depend on handouts, and the closest area they can look for jobs is in Kalispell, which no has the lowest employment in years. It makes me very sad to hear that this problem is happening in Australia too.

    – rocamiadesign

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 4 years ago

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightabout 4 years ago

  • Wow! Thanks for letting me know!

    – rocamiadesign

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