Firm Must Pay for Asbestos Cleanup in Libby, Montana, Say Supremes

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Yesterday the Supreme Court let stand earlier rulings that W.R. Grace, which had operated an asbestos mine in Libby, Montana, must pay $54 million to the EPA for Superfund cleanup costs at the mine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

For a devastating portrait of the town, whose residents, according to an EPA toxicologist, suffered “the most severe residential exposure to a hazardous material this country has ever seen,” read Maryanne Vollers and Andrea Barnett’s “Libby’s Deadly Grace” from the May/June 2000 issue of Mother Jones.

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