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

Yesterday the Supreme Court let stand earlier rulings that W.R. Grace, which had operated an asbestos mine in Libby, Montana,...

| Wed Oct. 11, 2006 4:53 PM EDT

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.