Money Set Aside for Libby Asbestos Clinic

Emergency funding for the Center for Asbestos-Related Disease Clinic has been set aside in a new appropriations bill.

The clinic, one of the world’s leading research facilities for asbestos related diseases, is set to receive $250,000 in emergency funds to continue serving Libby residents.

The town was contaminated by a vermiculite mine that released asbestos fibers located within the ore. The EPA later declared the area as the largest Superfund cleanup site.

Since the mine closed in the early 1990s, hundreds of residents have been diagnosed with fatal asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis.

The bill is set to be voted upon within the next few weeks and will likely make its way to President Bush’s desk within a month.

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