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EPA, Forest Service Seek Permanent Firefighters Near Montana Asbestos Site

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service want to station 10 firefighters near Libby this summer so crews are immediately available to fight any fire that night burn in or near a former vermiculite mine contaminated with asbestos, …

Oregon Jury Awards $8.75M in Asbestos Lawsuit

An Oregon jury has awarded $8.75 million to a 65-year-old man who has incurable cancer as a result of asbestos exposure in the 1970s. The Oregonian reported that David Hoff’s attorneys say the former construction worker’s mesothelioma was caused by …

Immigrants, Homeless Used by Asbestos Contractors in Michigan, Report Shows

A newspaper says contractors are using immigrants, ex-cons, homeless people and teenagers to remove material containing asbestos from of aging buildings. The Detroit Free Press reported this week in the second of a two-part series on asbestos that experts say …

$17M Award in Asbestos Death of Navy Civilian Employee in Arizona

A federal jury in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday awarded $17 million in damages to the family of a retired civilian employee of the U.S. Navy who died from the fatal asbestos disease mesothelioma after working for years in the Norfolk …

Idaho Ski Park Developer Settles with EPA over Asbestos Violation

A Boise, Idao ski and snowboard park developer has agreed to pay the federal government $10,000 to settle a claim that it violated asbestos removal regulations. The Idaho Statesman reported that Gateway Parks LLC was accused of not giving the …

Worker Claims Retaliation over Asbestos Report at Wyoming’s Old Faithful Inn

A maintenance worker at Yellowstone National Park in Montana said a park concession company retaliated against him after he reported that he and five other employees were exposed to asbestos at a more than century-old lodge. Jon Kline told The Associated …

Cleanup Plan Finally Approved For Contaminated Montana Town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted final approval this week to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning. The agency’s action comes more than 15 years after …

Wisconsin Asbestos Lawsuit Reinstated by Appeals Court

A Wisconsin appeals court has reinstated a woman’s lawsuit alleging asbestos at a number of Milwaukee businesses killed her husband. Sandra Brezonick filed a lawsuit in 2012 against a number of companies alleging her husband, John Brezonick, suffered from asbestos …

Montana County Reaches $650K Settlement in Asbestos Exposure Case

Yellowstone County, Mont. has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a case brought by a former courthouse janitor who eventually died of mesothelioma. The Billings Gazette reported the county reached the settlement in November with the estate of Lauren DuPuis, …

Some Asbestos Left Behind in Montana Town Amid Move to End Cleanup

Federal officials say their final analysis of a Montana community wracked by deadly asbestos contamination shows a costly and much-criticized cleanup is working – even though about 700 properties have yet to be investigated. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has …