EPA Scientists, PR Clashed Over Libby Cleanup: Memo

Law360, New York (April 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's managers and its scientists had deep, potentially dangerous disagreements over the cleanup in asbestos-contaminated Libby, Mont., according to an internal memo released by the agency.

Project managers at a long-running cleanup in the Montana mining town tried to assuage residents' asbestos fears with pamphlets like “Living With Vermiculite,” over complaints from EPA scientists that the town was still dangerously contaminated, the memo said.

The memo, released on Tuesday, also blasted cleanup contractors, who allegedly doctored asbestos tests in homes so they...
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