With the trial against W R Grace now over, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has now declared the town of Libby in Montana a public health emergency. Many people in Libby have fallen ill or died as a result of exposure to asbestos resulting from the W R Grace mines that were operated in the area.

As a result of President Obama’s declaration federal aid is now being arranged for the town of Libby. The government is now arranging a cash injection of six million dollars to fund both medical aid and getting the town cleaned up to rid it of asbestos contamination.

While W R Grace was found not guilty in the trial, it has paid two hundred and fifty million dollars to the Environmental Protection Agency to help fund the cleanup of the area. Some of the emergency money from the government will go to health care providers to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos related cancer and other linked illnesses.

It is thought that around two hundred people from the town have died as a result of exposure to asbestos, and there have been around one thousand related illnesses in Libby.

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