Poor, Beautiful Libby, Montana (SUPERFUND POSTER CHILD)


Columbia Falls, United States

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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.

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