According to the results of studies the air in the town of Libby in Montana is ‘safe to breathe’ because it is cleaner than most had originally thought, based on a recent report. Libby is the town at the center of the ongoing WR Grace trial.
The study involved collating data between the periods of 2006 and 2008. The report following the study claimed that “inhalation of ambient air in and around the community of Libby is unlikely to be a source of significant excess cancer risk to area residents or workers.”
The report also goes on to state that the risk of getting cancer from breathing in the air in the town is actually less than one in a million. However, the testing did not look at all factors such as the contamination of soil with asbestos and possible indoor air contamination.
Asbestos contamination from the former WR Grace plant in Libby has been blamed for the high cancer rate in the area, and has been blamed for the death of around two hundred Libby workers and residents. A number of these deaths came about from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.