Superfund Site: LIBBY ASBESTOS SITE, LIBBY, MT

Superfund Site Profile

The Libby Asbestos site is located in Libby in Lincoln County, Montana. In the early 1920s, the Zonolite Company began vermiculite ore mining operations in Libby. Vermiculite from the Libby mine, bought by W.R. Grace in 1963, was contaminated with a toxic and highly friable form of asbestos called tremolite-actinolite series asbestos, often called Libby amphibole asbestos (LA). LA has been observed in air (indoor and outdoor ambient), vermiculite insulation and bulk materials, indoor dust, soil, water, animal and fish tissue and various other media in Libby. Investigation and cleanup of the site is ongoing and cleanup at portions of the site is complete.

TOPICS IN FOCUS

Accepting Public Comment on Fire Preparedness Options at Former Mine Site

You are invited to review and comment on alternatives being considered by the EPA and the U.S. Forest Service that would authorize fire preparedness resources dedicated for Operable Unit 3. The actions would allow the USFS to fight fires more effectively in areas near W.R. Grace’s former vermiculite mine while a permanent remedy is determined at OU3.

Copies of these documents are also available at the following locations:

  • EPA Information Center, 108 E. 9th Street, Libby, 293‑6194
  • Lincoln County Library in Libby, 220 West 6th Street, 293-2778
  • Lincoln County Library in Troy, 207 3rd Street, 295‑4040

Comments accepted through May 8, 2017

You may send comments on the proposed alternatives by email to:

Jennifer Harrison (harrison.jennifer@epa.gov)

Or by mail to:

Jennifer Harrison
U.S. EPA Region 8 (8OC)
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, Colorado 80202-1129

Questions? Contact one of the following:

EPA: Jennifer Harrison (harrison.jennifer@epa.gov), Community Involvement Coordinator,
(800) 227-8917 ext. 312-6813

USFS: Pamela Baltz (pbaltz@fs.fed.us), Environmental Engineer,
(406) 283-7597

MDEQ: Jeni Flatow (jflatow@mt.gov), Public Information Officer,
(406) 444-6469


SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
No
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Not a Ground Water Site
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
No