Season 20, Episode 9 Libby, Montana
First Aired: August 28, 2007
“Libby, Montana” examines the impact of 70 years of mining the mineral vermiculite on the town, where about a quarter of the population was found to have lung abnormalities from asbestos exposure. The documentary also details claims that W.R. Grace & Co., which owned the mine, concealed the dangers faced by workers, even as the company and a number of executives faced criminal charges; and questions why the government permitted the mine to operate until its 1990 closure.
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- Premiered: July 5, 1988
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