The government has reportedly released a memo pertaining to public health concerns about asbestos.

The government has reportedly released a memo pertaining to the asbestos issue in the town of Libby, Montana. As reported by The Seattle Times, the memorandum from 2006 identifies public health concerns related to the cleaning up of asbestos in Libby by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As noted in the report, the professional alliance Government Employees for Environmental Responsibility, previously filed suit against the EPA for allegedly withholding the document.

As further noted by The Seattle Times, chemical company W.R. Grace & Co. is currently on trial after being accused of knowingly exposing the town of Libby to toxic asbestos, causing the illness of an estimated 2,000 people and killing approximately 225.

Exposure to asbestos fibers or dust can lead to mesothelioma lung cancer and other serious diseases.

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