Asbestosis still an issue in Libby
County Health Board wants more community participation
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
May 14, 2009
The Lincoln County Health Board intends to take a higher profile leadership role in the community's ongoing asbestosis issues. County Commissioner John Konzen said that leadership is more essential now with Record of Decisions being pushed forward by the EPA. The County Health Board is looking for ways to involve more community participation.
Wednesday afternoon a resolution was passed to take advantage of statues that allow for a joint City/County health board. Invitations will go to the Troy, Libby, and Eureka City Councils to appoint one of their members to sit on the county health board. Eureka will be invited because the county health board is involved with all issues of community health, not just issues of asbestosis.
Technical Assistance Group technical director Terry Spears from Butte was in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting. Spears feels Libby faces significant health risk, many unanswered questions, and all actions should proceed with caution because the true risk is unknown.
There will be another meeting Thursday, May 21st at 1pm for the sole purpose of identifying a unified position on the looming Record of Decisions being pushed by the EPA.
Story by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio, www.todaysbestcountryonline.com.