From Montana to 9/11
August 24th, 2007

What does a mine in Montana have to do with the air quality after the World Trade Center collapsed? According to the Missoula Independent, a lot.

In a 4,500 word article, the paper connects the dots between a mining disaster in Libby, Montana, and some of the events of 9/11. And the connections and similarities are plentiful.

Some of the asbestos in the Twin Towers came from the mine in question and the company that operated that mine lobbied for the federal standards that allowed a limited amount of asbestos to be used as an insulator. Furthermore, their disaster – which also released a toxin laden plume – happened just days before September 11th. Staff at federal Environmental Protection Agency from Libby’s region even offered to help with clean up in New York, although that help was reportedly refused.

The article juxtaposes the steps taken to clean up the Libby incident with those at Ground Zero and shows how people involved in the clean up at both sites tried to use the other as an example to change their own standards. The efforts on the West Coast were more intensive in many respects than in New York. So, while the Manhattan efforts were used as a precedent in an attempt to water down clean up standards in Montana, advocates in New York are trying to use the example set in Libby to strengthen clean up standards here.

[Via SoHo Journal.]

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