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Jan 18, 2018

Tester to EPA: No More Hollow Promises to Libby

Senator Cautiously Optimistic About Agency’s New Focus on Superfund Site

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) including Libby on its new Superfund Redevelopment Focus List, which highlights current and former Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites with the greatest expected redevelopment and commercial potential.

"I'm pleased that the EPA has identified Libby as one of its top priorities, and I'm encouraged by their focus on economic development because Libby is a community with a lot of potential for growth," Tester said. "But I'll be holding the EPA's feet to the fire on this because the people of Libby have been waiting far too long for progress and they can't afford anymore hollow promises."

More than 200 residents of Libby have died and thousands more have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases since W.R. Grace closed its local vermiculite mine in 1990. After widespread contamination was uncovered in 2000, Libby and its surrounding communities were placed on the EPA's Superfund National Priorities List in 2002.

Tester has been a vocal advocate for Libby, commissioning long-term health assessments and progress reports on this issue and pushing the EPA to intensify its cleanup efforts around Libby, Troy and other Montana Superfund sites. Tester also recently introduced a bill to ban asbestos in the U.S. and secured $2.5 million to support health screenings for families who have been exposed to asbestos in Libby.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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