Asbestos Resource Program:
COMMUNITY FORUM – MAY 14, 2013
Forward Movement - Continuing Community Discussion related to the County
Asbestos Resource Program, Institutional Controls, and Redevelopment
Sponsored by Community Advisory Group (CAG) and Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
Libby Asbestos Superfund Site
FORUM ATTENDEES – See list on page 6 of this document
COMPLETED AGENDA ITEMS
Mike Geisey (CAG) and Mike Noble (LATAG) welcomed people and explained the Forum objectives. Attendees introduced themselves including any representation. The facilitator briefly described CAG’s governance framework (found on the last page of this document) and asked that it be honored in the meeting. She also reviewed the summary of the March Forum.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Rebecca Thomas described where EPA is in the project today. She stated the probability that EPA would complete the majority of its remaining work in the area within the next 3 to 4 years. Rebecca reported that work related to understanding toxicity levels continues and completion is expected by next spring or summer. That information will influence final remedy decisions. She reiterated – from the March 12 Forum - that “Institutional Controls” are tools that are used when a toxic substance cannot be totally eradicated from the area, as in Libby, and that for those reasons, some Institutional Controls would be part of the final remedy in Libby. Rebecca also stated the importance and value of more citizen engagement in the feasibility study that EPA will start soon – and the usefulness of citizen participation in the first step of the process which will probably occur late summer. That step will start to identify a range of clean up options – eventually analyzing/leading to final remedy decisions.