October 2, 2008 - A hearing was recently held on September 25 by U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana to question why the federal Environmental Protection Agency did not declare a public health emergency in Libby, Montana in 2002. Doing so would have provided more funding and manpower in cleaning up the contaminated town.
On April 9, 2002, an EPA spokesperson actually wrote that the declaration would be made within the next ten days. However, seven days later agency officials met with White House representatives and decided not declare the emergency.
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