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March 9th, 2010

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Regular Board Meeting

Libby Area Technical Assistance Group, Inc.

PO Box 53 • Libby, MT 59923

March 9th, 2010 • Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Board Member Attendees:
  • LeRoy Thom
  • Eileen Carney
  • JoElyn Brus
  • Brad Black
  • Phillip Erquiaga                                                                                               
LATAG Contractor Attendees:
  • Leona Wood - GA                                                                      
Guest Attendees: 
  • Mike Cirian, EPA Libby
  • Ted Linnert, EPA Denver
  • Dick Sloan, MDEQ
  • Elizabeth Mack, ESQ (Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP)
  • Susan Rainey, ESQ (Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP)
Community Members:
  • Laura Wilson, Libby
  • Scott Frost, Libby
  • Allen O’Brien, Libby
  • Kurtis Kinder, Libby
  • Gordon Sullivan, Libby
  • Abe Troyer, Libby
  • D. C. Orr, Libby
  • Candy Harbaugh, Libby
  • Donna Christianson, Libby
  • Ed Surbrugg, Helena
  • Katy Norris, Helena

Meeting Minutes: LeRoy Thom, Vice Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

DEQ Report – by: Dick Sloan

  • There will be a preliminary report on OU1 and OU2.
  • Also, there will be a review of the air sampling plan for Libby. There will be air monitoring stations set up in Libby.
  • We will be finalizing the urban response plan for Troy that will be started this summer. We will set up an early response plan for Troy. In a month or two we will set up a community meeting before selecting the residents to be cleaned.
  • We did have some meetings today. The directors of DEQ and the overall remediation manager from the state were up here to meet with attorneys representing the homeowners association.
  • We also toured OU1, OU2, OU4 and OU5 with that group today.
  • I think they are planning to be here this evening to visit the LATAG group.  (They did attend)

EPA Report – by: Mike Cirian

There are a couple of things going on.

First, we are getting ready for construction season again and work will probably be kicking off mid April.

We had ten Korean visitors here today from the Korean Mine Recovery Corporation. They were looking at the mine; they have a mine similar to the W. R. Grace mine. They have a problem with tremolite.

They were here to find out what we were doing with the mine; so I let them know we were investigating, and we were in theearly stage of that.

I explained the “Libby project”; and they hadn’t even thought of that. They also have a small town, it sounds like it is very similar to what we have here. So now they are very interested in going to the community and looking at what they can do there. Interesting!

Next, we have our ambient air program. We showed them the locations where the sampling stations will be in and around Libby.

  • There will be one over by the former Beck’s Cafe.
  • There will be one in the ER parking lot. We will be monitoring somewhere over in that location. 
  • There will be one down by the export plant.
  • One up along Highway 37.
  • We will be looking at one over by the Stimpson site, somewhere along Highway 2.
  • And another one out towards Whiskie hill.

We will be setting those up. We are going to try to get our first round done before construction kicks off.

Any Questions?

Phillip brought up questions regarding who is responsible to monitor with regards to the fire. EPA indicated there was no vermiculite in the buildings that burned. Phillip mentioned he believed one of the detects was Libby amthibole and he had heard four detects were of 4% amosite.

Mike Cirian said, “We are looking for the ampobile. It was not amosite. Amosite is what they first thought it was.  When the Hygia Laboratories in the Sierra Madre went back and looked at it under TDM and they got magnesium Iron Ionic (ionized?) sulfide.”

Dick Sloan suggested Philip and he call John Konzen to sort out the responsibility for monitoring after the fire.  Philip indicated it would be fine with him. Dick believes it would be covered by Montana’s Clean Air Act. I believe monitoring of the Libby air particulate was added to Montana’s Clean Air Act.

Mike Cirian said, EPA’s next public meeting, hopefully will be in May and focusing on anthothyllite.

No Special Presentations:

Special Introductions: by Gordon Sullivan: The Citizens for a Healthy Community and Environmental Justice group found a legal firm that could provide advice and stand by our side as we worked through the next few years of the superfund site. These two attorney’s Elizabeth Mack and Susan Rainey, from Dallas Texas are visiting us today. 

Minutes Review and Approval: LeRoy – Can we have the meeting minutes Review and Approval? Do I have a motion for approval of the minutes for February 2010. JoElyn made the motion to accept the minutes as written; with a second by Eileen Carney. These minutes are unanimously approved.

Executive Board will Read and approve the Policies and By-laws. They will bring their decisions to next Regular Board meeting on April 6th 2010.

Sub-committee Reports 

Communications Committee: Phillip what do you have to say? 

There is one thing that I have not done. That is the 4th Quarter Report and I will make sure I have that done by March 19th. The 2nd and 3rd Quarter Reports for 2009 have been completed and submitted. 

JoElyn said, “We have no minutes on the web site since August of 2009. We will get those caught up.”

Phillip said, “We recently did a Newsletter in January 2010.  After being approved by Mike; that went out via E-mail, limited distribution and it was also placed on the web site.”  Brad said he did not see the newsletter on the web site. Phillip responded that essentially the Newsletter headline was the front page of the website

Brad said, “The LATAG reports are not on the web site.  Phillip responded these reports can be found at: &

O&M Committee:  Michael attended the last O&M, although he is currently out of town.

Leroy said, “Mike Cirian was there anything of concern to us?” “Yes, we talked about the - You Dig Program”.

  • We are still trying to get the boundaries set up for that so we can offer our assistance. Provide info Re: If property has already been cleaned up, etc.  A first response system, offered by EPA.
  • Hazardous waste sites - EPA is working to assist them when someone answers – Yeson states form.

Our Technical Advisory Committee: Brad, I’ve been gone this past week.

Old Business:  None     New Business:

D. C. Orr: Regarding the tarps, how do I request time at a LATAG meeting?

LeRoy, we talked about tarping. The EPA’s current position states they feel EPA is compliant with tarping required by Montana’s Department of Transportation. D. C. Orr, Given EPA’s track record; I am requesting LATAG  review the work plan and render in writing a decision on whether or not the trucker’s are adhering to that work plan. The work plan specifically states that: “The tarps are to be secured in a manner that prevents the release of microscopic fibers.” DOT has admitted that there is a lot of contamination along the highway 37.

LeRoy: LATAG will review the work plan!  (Action Item)

D. C. Orr: In dealing with Troy, is that an EPA site or is it the State of Montana’s responsibility.

Mike Cirian: It is an EPA site. EPA is responsible, but the DEQ is also responsible. They will be the direct lead on that project. Troy, OU7, is the State of Montana’s 10% match according to the EPA grant.

Dick Sloan: EPA has the lead on OU1 through OU6 and the DEQ supports them. DEQ is lead on OU7. The EPA put an analysis lab in Troy. This is a processing lab, they dry vermiculate, archive part of it and grind the remaining portion. This is transported back to Libby for analysis. Archiving will be done in Libby also.  The sampling responsibility will remain in Libby as well.

D. C. Orr: Is there some sort of agreement of understanding between the state and the EPA regarding Troy?

Dick Sloan: I know there is an agreement between Montana and the EPA in terms of oversight and responsibility. It is renewed yearly. Let me get this public document for LATAG, people can review it in the LATAG office.

Phillip Erquiaga: Lincoln County is taking samples and testing for results from Plywood Mill fire.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:10 p.m.


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