Oversight of Federal Efforts to Clean Up Asbestos in Lincoln County, MT, Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, April 5, 2007--Libby, MT   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Max Baucus: "At today's hearing, coming as a long winter gives away to a new season, it is time to speak up about Libby's challenges and put your cleanup back on track. It has been 7 years since news reports first exposed the extent of asbestos contamination in Libby {Montana]. [...] EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has completed 794 emergency-response level cleanups of homes and businesses. Despite this progress, much remains to be done. In August 2006, I asked the inspector general to review EPA's work in Libby because we heard reports that not all that was being done that should be done. What that report found was truly outrageous. After 7 years, the EPA has failed to complete the necessary toxicity studies to determine the safe level of human exposure to Libby asbestos. That means that, after 7 years and hundreds of millions of dollars, EPA still cannot say how clean they need to make the homes and businesses to protect the families in Libby. In a subsequent letter, EPA promised me that they would begin the toxicity studies within 45 days. This hearing is an opportunity for the community to see what remains to be done and how--and to hold EPA's feet to the fire to make sure that they do it. I understand there was a hearing in March where some of this was laid out, and I want to nail that down more completely." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Max Baucus, Arlen Specter, Susan Parker Bodine, Marianne B. Roose, Brad Black, Leroy Thom, Lloyd Douglas Williamson, Gayla Benefield, Gordon Sullivan, Clinton Maynard, Kevin Flynn, Bill Caldwell, Eileen Carney, Tom Wood, Alice Priest, Mel Parker, and DC Orr.

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S. Hrg. 110-1051; Senate Hearing 110-1051
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