06.22.18

Daines Announces $2,499,999 for Asbestos Health Screening in Libby

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced a $2,499,999.00 grant for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) in Libby. The Center for Asbestos Related Disease is a vital nonprofit resource that helps with identification treatment, and research for those with asbestos exposure.

“Too many Montana families have suffered at the hands of asbestos,” said Daines. “Through this additional funding the Center for Asbestos Related Disease will be able to continue the excellent work they have been doing and the people of Libby will have the support they need to fight the consequences of this deadly carcinogen.”

Background:

In 2009, Libby was declared a Public Health Emergency after linking years of asbestos exposure to the now closed W.R. Grace & Co. mine.   

On April 7, 2017, Daines recognized the people of Libby, Montana, for their resiliency and strength in confronting economic, environmental and public health challenges as Montanan of the Week.

On March 30, 2017, Daines introduced a U.S. Senate resolution to raise awareness about the devastating impacts of asbestos on communities and families by designating the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. 

On March 6, 2017, Daines urged U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives leadership to protect the residents of Libby by preserving provisions to treat those affected by asbestos. 

On June 14, 2016, Daines announced $190,000 in funding for Montana State University to increase quality healthcare services and for asbestos research.  

 

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