A long-delayed risk study released Monday for a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos poisoning concludes cleanup practices now in place are reducing risks to residents.
MISSOULA — The Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to release a final report necessary for asbestos cleanup at Libby drew a rebuke from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
The south side of the new Billings Public Library appeared last week as the skeleton of the old library disappeared.
Billings Public Library Director Bill Cochran is laying 50-50 odds that the parking lot will indeed be constructed on the site of the old Parmly Billings Library before cold temperatures this fall preclude the laying of asphalt.
The cost of removing asbestos from the old Parmly Library before demolishing it keeps growing, and Library Director Bill Cochran hopes the price tag doesn’t reach — as it could — seven figures.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — A project to demolish and clean up a former oil refinery and chemical plant is underway in west Laramie.
Demolition of the old Billings library building is expected to resume this month after asbestos-contaminated debris is removed.
When the new Billings Public Library opened in January, the grand opening for its main entrance, courtyard and parking garden was set for June 30.
In addition to a dispute between the demolition contractor and a subcontractor hired to tear down Billings’ old library, the city confirmed asbestos has been discovered in more areas, leading to oversight and testing by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
Like most Billings residents, Bill Cochran thought he’d be seeing the old Parmly Billings Library coming down by now, making way for a 100-space parking lot, new entrance for the library and considerable landscaping just outside the library’s Community Room.
Employees of PPL Montana’s Corette power plant in Billings returned to work Wednesday as asbestos cleanup continues following the Feb. 3 rupture of a steam tube on the boiler.
The new owners of the old James F. Battin Federal Building visited Billings earlier this week and met with city officials and business leaders, answering questions and spreading the word that they have plenty of office space ready to lease.
PPL Montana recently shut down its J.E. Corette power plant in Billings and sent workers home after a steam tube failed on the boiler and damaged asbestos-containing insulation. A subsequent windstorm also whipped up materials.
HELENA — For residents of Libby ravaged by asbestos-related diseases, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has delivered on health care — including special government coverage like nowhere else in America.
BALTIMORE — W.R. Grace, the Maryland-based chemical company forced into bankruptcy because of asbestos-related lawsuits, has emerged from Chapter 11 protection.
LIBBY — A pilot program that provides medical and other services to victims of asbestos exposure has been expanded to include 18 additional counties in Montana, Idaho and Washington.
The James F. Battin Federal Building is still vacant.
On July 1, Ken Smith was issued a death sentence.
Colorado Tire Corp., which bought at auction the former federal courthouse in downtown Billings, says the five-story building is ready for immediate occupancy for up to 2,000 people.
The company that now owns the empty James F. Battin Federal Building in downtown Billings intends to lease it out for commercial office space.