Magazine article Insight on the News

EPA Tries to Rewrite Libby Label

Magazine article Insight on the News

EPA Tries to Rewrite Libby Label

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Applying a Band-Aid to an open wound, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently took ads out in Libby, Mont., newspapers declaring the town a safe place to live after citizens complained that sensational government claims about the health hazards posed by a closed mine are frightening people away and adding to the town's economic woes. After ignoring the local asbestos mine's alleged health effects for years, EPA descended on Libby in force in 1999, ordering in an army of workers in moon suits and generating scary headlines that have tainted the town's reputation.

In an effort to bring some perspective to the actually minor health risks posed to the general public by the mine, and placate worried businesspeople who in the Clinton era saw their once-prosperous beug devastated by timber mill and mine closures, the EPA ads wax poetic about the virtues of living in Libby. "We have come to appreciate what a truly beautiful area Libby is" one advertisement reads in part. …

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