Democracy Now: EPA Proposes Tough New Standards for Asbestos Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing tough new standards for federal cleanup of the toxic material asbestos in a move that could impact contaminated sites across the country. The proposal relates to the mining town of Libby, Montana, where hundreds died after breathing asbestos dust from the mining of vermiculite, a mineral used in insulation, fireproofing material and other products. Cleanup efforts in Libby are still underway and have cost nearly $450 million dollars over more than a decade. The EPA’s new standard for asbestos is 5,000 times stricter than the one used for earlier cleanups.

~ by wheresthemic on September 28, 2012.

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