Meeting set to discuss latest in Libby asbestos cleanup efforts

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 14:09:31-04

LIBBY – The Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team will meet this week in Libby to discuss the ongoing cleanup efforts in Lincoln County Courthouse Commission Chambers.

The team was established by the 2017 Montana Legislature under Senate Bill 315 to enhance communication among stakeholders of the Libby Asbestos Site Superfund cleanup.

The team will advise the Montana Department of Environmental Quality on the administration of the Libby Asbestos Cleanup Trust Fund and operation and maintenance accounts.

The DEQ and the US Environmental Protection Agency will work with the team — as well as the community — as cleanup nears its end in many parts of the Libby asbestos site to establish institutional controls and define operations and maintenance activities appropriate to protect the cleanup in Libby. 

Senate Bill 315 also establishes one full-time DEQ employee as the Superfund liaison to perform duties recommended by the team and facilitate quarterly meetings.

The Libby Asbestos Superfund Liaison will be chosen by the governor from three candidates provided by the county commissioners. The DEQ’s Karen Ogden says the community is the biggest stakeholder of the asbestos cleanup and she encourages the public to attend the meeting,

"Community members are the biggest stakeholders and so we really encourage them to come and join us and to stay informed and get their questions answered. Their will be a question and answer period during the meeting," Ogden said.

The Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Lincoln County Courthouse in the commission chambers. Click here to view the meeting agenda and other details.

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