• Beautiful Libby, MT

    Set in the northwest corner of Montana, 35 miles east of Idaho and 65 miles south of Canada, is the small town of Libby..  The town lies in a picturesque valley carved by the Kootenai River and framed by the Cabinet Mountains to the south.  The town lies in a picturesque valley carved by the Kootenai River.

    The community's assets include clean water, beautiful scenery, and recreational opportunities such as fishing, hiking, hunting, boating and skiing.
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  • Vermiculite Mining

    Gold miners discovered vermiculite in Libby in 1881; in the 1920s the Zonolite Company formed and began mining the vermiculite and was later acquired by W.R. Grace in 1963 until closing in 1990.  While in operation, the Libby mine may have produced 80% of the world's supply of vermiculite.  The Libby mine may have produced 80% of the world's supply of vermiculite.

    Vermiculite was extremely valuable as a building insulation and soil conditioner.
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  • Asbestos Discovered

    The vermiculite from the Libby mine was contaminated with a toxic form of naturally-occurring asbestos called tremolite-actinolite asbestiform mineral fibers. When inhaled, these fibers cause several forms of cancer and lung disease.  Since 1999, the EPA has been working in Libby to clean up contamination and reduce risks to human health.  Since 1999, the EPA has been working to clean the contamination.

    EPA's first priority was to assess the current risk to public health from asbestos-contaminated vermiculite in Libby. Next, the Agency began taking necessary actions to reduce this risk.
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  • LATAG's Mission

    Libby Area Technical Assistance Group's main goal is to oversee that the cleanup of Libby's asbestos contamination is achieved in a comprehensive, complete, and timely manner.  This goal is being achieved through community involvement with the EPA cleanup process.  LATAG helps facilitate community involvement with the EPA cleanup.

    LATAG accomplishes this goal through such means as constant review of the cleanup process, scientific review, public involvement and informational media distribution.
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