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July 6th, 2010

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Regular Board Meeting

Libby Area Technical Assistance Group, Inc.

PO Box 53 • Libby, MT 59923

July 6th, 2010 • Regular Board Meeting Minutes

(Note: bold items within paragraphs are motions made and voted on as well as action items agreed upon.)

Board Member Attendees:
  • Mike Noble
  • LeRoy Thom
  • JoElyn Brus
  • Eileen Carney
  • Dr. Brad Black
  • Phillip Erquiaga
  • Donna Martin
Contractor Attendees:
  • None
Guest Attendees:
  • Ted Linnert, EPA Denver
  • Catherine LeCours, DEQ Helena
  • Rebecca Thomas, EPA Denver
  • Mike Cirian, EPA
  • Gordon Sullivan
  • Dick Sloan, DEQ Helena

1.       Meeting began at approximately 7:00pm

2.       Introductions

3.       EPA Report (Mike Cirian)

a.       Goal for Libby is 100 properties, 82 have been started; 22 have been closed out.

b.       Goal for Troy is 50, 38 have been started.

c.       A sample box went to the museum

d.       Ambient Air and Activity based sampling are starting. ABS will include bicycle riding and other activities.

e.       There is concern about fire fighter risk and they are working to decide how this could be assessed.

f.        Public risk could involve wood cutting, antler hunting, driving, dragging, etc.

g.       EPA would like to investigate the risk of burning wood by conducting a monitored slash pile burn. This is difficult because of regulations against open burns and burning wood with asbestos.

h.       The forest service has restricted access to the mine area for fighting fires. They do only aerial attacks. Without ground access it is difficult to keep small fires from getting bigger. It is unknown what the public risk would be if a large fire were to burn in the area.

i.         There is also a challenge in data interpretation and monitoring the fire risk.

j.         Fire service is looking at getting a crew trained that will be able to access the area in protective gear.

k.       The intention is to simulate a small fire which is 98% of what the forest service deals with.

l.         It was commented that a fire management program exists in Missoula which might have some useful information to share since they’ve been predicting fire behavior since the 1950s.

m.     EPA air modeler is working with the forest service fire modeler to look in to air and smoke modeling but not with asbestos laden wood.

n.       There are 33,000 acres around the mine site where fire fighters do not have ground access.

o.       A slash pile burn will not be conducted until everyone is comfortable with the specifics. The forest service would like the data, some baseline ambient air data exists to compare to, and a quick response team would need to be immediately available. There was a meeting June 8th in Missoula between NIOSH, OSHA, and the forest service.

p.       Internal review of RfC is going on now and should be available for public review early in 2011.

q.       OU5 remedial investigation should be available for TAG review within a month.

r.        Activity Based Sampling will be held on highway 37 from town to the dam, and on highway 2 from Libby to past Troy and Libby to Whiskey Hill on the other side.

s.       The state will be doing grinding on Highway 37 and 2. ABS is going on along with the grinding to see what is being released. Workers are wearing protective clothing.

4.       DEQ Report- Catherine LeCours

a.       OU7- Troy. Ended Dec 31, 2009 at about he same time as OU5.

b.       Exterior soils are being taken to the mine site and interior materials are being taken to the land fill.

5.       W.R. Grace Report: (no report)

6.       Old Business

a.       A grant administrator contract was signed with Tracy McNew. Linda had questions on the contract.

                           i.      “20 +/- hours per month” Need permission to go over hours.

                         ii.      No ending date on month by month contract. Do not want to look like employer.

                        iii.      Lobbying- make sure she wouldn’t

     b.   Terry sent comments on ABS

     c.   Terry to moderate panel discussion at Research Rally

             i. The budget allows three trips to Libby for Terry and he has not used any.

             ii. A motion was passed to bring Terry to Libby for the Research Rally.

7.       New Business (no new business)

8.       Open Discussion (none reported)

9.       Next Meeting Scheduled August 10, 2010.

 

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