EPA Superfund Program: 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

EPA has finalized an update to the Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (39 pp, 2 MB, About PDF). The plan describes outreach activities to address community needs and concerns during the cleanup process. The plan is usually updated every five years or after decision documents are signed for the site.

Copies of the updated Community Involvement Plan and a responsiveness summary (PDF) (1 pg, 186 K, About PDF) regarding a public comment period 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

Questions
EPA: Jennifer Harrison (harrison.jennifer@epa.gov), Community Involvement Coordinator, at 303-312-6813 (toll-free 1-800-227-8917, ext. 312-6813)
MDEQ: Jeni Flatow (jflatow@mt.gov), Public Information Officer, at 406-444-6469


SITE STATUS

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