The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being accused of dragging its feet when it comes to the cleanup of a Montana mining town. Internal investigators faulted the EPA for delaying health studies needed to direct the cleanup. Hundreds of people have died in the town of Libby due to asbestos exposure from a nearby mine. The area was declared a public health emergency in 2009 over concerns of asbestos dust coming from a W.R. Grace and Co. vermiculite mine.
The mine has been closed sense 1990, but health inspections still drag on. Libby Mayor Doug Roll said the first thing the EPA should have done was to conduct studies of the mine. He believes the EPA did not prioritize finding out what the specific agent was that was causing the Libby residents to fall ill and die. The EPA has since stated that the delays are due to competing priorities within the agency, contracting problems and unanticipated work.
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