The EPA has declared a health emergency in the Montana town due to substantial asbestos contamination.

Mesothelioma Cancer News (Libby, Montana) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared a health emergency for the town of Libby, Montana. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the EPA made the declaration for the first time in the town due to community contamination of asbestos.

As noted by the AP, the declaration will warrant widespread cleanup and an improvement in health protection for residents who have become ill as a result of the asbestos exposure. More than 200 people have reportedly died from asbestos-related illnesses in the town and thousands more have developed health complications.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is quoted in the report as stating of the situation, “Based on a rigorous re-evaluation of the situation on the ground, we will continue to move aggressively on the cleanup efforts and protect the health of the people… We’re here to help create a long and prosperous future for this town.”

Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health conditions including mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis.

Mesothelioma Cancer News provides news and information on Montana asbestos attorneys and law.

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