Toxicology Expert Testifies In Libby Montana Case

The town of Libby Montana has suffered years of health threats due to the W.R Grace vermiculite mine. For years it was unknown that vermiculite from W.R Grace mine was contaminated with toxic asbestos.  Now, residents of Libby, Montana have found yet another present threat. Large piles of wood chips accumulated over the years in the community have been used locally and hauled to distant locations to be used in a projects ranging from large-scale landscaping and erosion control to residential garden mulching.

Dr. Aubrey Miller testified this week as an expert witness designated by the government in the criminal prosecution of W.R. Grace & Co and described his disbelief when, arriving in Libby 10 years ago, he found that people who had never worked at Grace’s vermiculite mine were dying from asbestos-related disease.  Miller is a physician with the U.S. Public Health Service and the FDA and formerly a senior medical officer and toxicologist for the EPA’s  Region 8 office in Denver.

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