SESSION TITLE: Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: A comprehensiveoverview of asbestos exposure, disease outcomes, and future trajectory of asbestos-related disease in Libby, MT will be presented.
METHODS: Libby, MT was the site of community-wide asbestos exposures from about 1919-1990 due to local mining of contaminated vermiculite. The mine closed in 1990, and in 1999 news broke of potential community-wide asbestos exposures and deaths. EPA and CDC responded to conduct initial environmental and human health investigations. After asbestos contamination was confirmed, in 2002 Libby became an asbestos Superfund site. EPA's clean-up of asbestos in Libby continues to present.