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Thousands dead of Asbestos from W.R. Grace mine in Libby, Montana-2/4

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Published on Apr 22, 2009

A Town Suffering for Generations: Decades of Asbestos Exposure by W.R. Grace Mine Leave Hundreds Dead, 1,200+ Sickened in Libby

We broadcast from Missoula, Montana, where an environmental crimes trial is underway in what the government has called the nations biggest environmental disaster. Hundreds of miners, their family members and townsfolk have died, and at least 1,200 have been sickened, from exposure to asbestos-containing ore from a mine in Libby, Montana, owned by W.R. Grace and Company. We speak with Gayla Benefield, one of the first residents in Libby to raise awareness about the story and gain it national attention. Both her parents died from asbestosis. She and her husband both have the disease, and thirty members of her extended family have been affected. [includes rush transcript]

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