LIBBY, Montana – According to recent tests of Libbyâ€™s waterways, there are high levels of asbestos, causing a problem for the abatement project which has already cost $370 million over the past ten years.
Libby has been plagued by asbestos for several years. Due to the W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine near the city, an estimated 400 people have died and 1,750 have gotten sick by asbestos dust that has been released into the atmosphere.
Once asbestos dust is breathed in, several different diseases can ensure, including the deadly mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities. The cancer can take up to 50 years to manifest, and symptoms can be extremely mind or even nonexistent, so unfortunately, many cases go undiagnosed. Although there are treatments for the cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, there is currently no cure for the cancer.
The asbestos in the water has not been as much of a concern until recently. Authorities mostly concentrated on the levels of the hazardous mineral that were in the air. However, concerns arose when the levels in Rainy Creek showed a count of 55 million asbestos fibers per liter on May 17. The maximum amount for the same type of asbestos fibers in drinking water is only 7 million fibers per liter.
Anyone who is struggling with mesothelioma is entitled to seek help for their pain and suffering. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed mesothelioma or has been exposed to asbestos, speak to a leading mesothelioma lawyer right away. As an asbestos victim, you may be entitled to thousands, or even millions of dollars in compensation for your disease and mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to ensure that you and your loved ones obtain the maximum possible benefits in money damages and medical care.
Your mesothelioma attorney will also see to it that those who exposed you to asbestos without the proper safety gear are held accountable for their actions. There are strict laws regarding the handling of asbestos and if anyone violates those laws, they will be subject to legal action.