Montana Sen. Max Baucus threatened Monday to subpoena the Environmental Protection Agency over why asbestos poisoning in Libby, was never declared a public health emergency. Baucus has requested five year-old documents from the agency detailing deliberations over whether it would declare such an emergency. Baucus said such a declaration would have lead to more extensive cleanup and health protections for the town, which is home to the now-closed W.R. Grace & Co. Vermiculite mine. In a speech during a visit to Libby on Monday, EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said he would get the documents to Baucus by Aug. 31.
Read the whole story here, including intervention by the White House to prevent EPA from acting: Associated Press, August 7, 2007.
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