09.14.21

Daines Applauds Removal of Portion of Libby’s Asbestos Superfund Site from the EPA’s National Priorities List

U.S. SENATE — Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that Operable Unit 8, a portion of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site, will be removed from the EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL), U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement.

“It’s great to see continued positive progress in the cleanup process at the Libby Asbestos Superfund site,” Daines said. “I’m grateful for the work that the EPA and local partners have done over the years to create a safer, healthier community for the residents of Libby and Troy.”

Operable Unit 8, which is the US Hwy 2 and MT Hwy 37 corridors, is the third operable unit of the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site to be delisted.

Background:

Daines has been leading efforts in the U.S. Senate to bring awareness to the dangers of asbestos exposure and has been instrumental in securing funding for asbestos cleanup and health screening practices.

In 2018, Daines announced a $2,499,999.00 grant for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) in Libby. 

In 2017, Daines announced that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has been awarded a $1,672,106 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help with the cleanup and restoration in Libby, Montana.  

In 2017, Daines introduced a bill to safeguard local governments from having to take ownership of old federal buildings filled with asbestos after bankruptcy.

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Contact: Katherine McKeoghKatie Schoettler