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MISSOULA - Attorneys have received the names of 80 prospective jurors in the environmental crimes case against W.R. Grace & Co.

A two-day evidentiary hearing ended Thursday. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy now must rule on several disputes about evidence to be admitted in the trial set to begin Feb. 19.

The defense seeks to some expert testimony from trial, and to bar government witnesses from relying on various scientific studies that measure the scope of asbestos contamination in Libby.

The asbestos from a vermiculite mine is blamed for lung diseases that have killed hundreds and sickened hundreds more. W.R. Grace and six former executives are accused of knowing the health risks and trying to cover them up.

The 80-person jury pool next month will be pared down to a dozen individuals and several alternates.

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