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September 11th, 2012

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Regular Board Meeting

Libby Area Technical Assistance Group, Inc.

PO Box 53 • Libby, MT 59923

September 11th, 2012 • Regular Board Meeting Minutes

  1. 5:30 Community Meet and Greet with LATAG Technical Advisors 
  2.  LATAG meeting was called to order at 6:
  3.  Introductions were made around the room. Both new technical advisors gave a summary of their backgrounds. In 

attendance were:

  • Mike Noble, Chairman
  • JoElyn Brus, Treasurer
  • Eileen Carney, Secretary
  • Brad Black, Board Member
  • Donna Martin, Board Member
  • Karen Horton, Board Member
  • Steve Ackerlund, LATAG TA
  • Tony Ward, LATAG TA
  • Tracy McNew, LATAG GA
  • Nick Raines, Lincoln County
  • Mike Cirian, EPA
  • Christina Progess, EPA
  • John Podolinski, MT DEQ
  • Libby Faulk, EPA

4. EPA and DEQ Report

Site Wide

Background Study

  • Comparative exposure ABS sampling in Helena, Whitefish and Eureka
  1. Complete, results pending
  • Ambient air comparative assessment

Flathead Valley Community College

  • Libby Legacy Class (Sept 12- Nov 14) Educational program for public and teachers to get continuing education credits. Location: Little Theatre Times: 4-5:30 and 7-8:30

Institutional Controls (Nick Raines)

  • Lincoln County Matrix- in development. Document will list program components and how they relate to exposure risks. It will be reviewed by a number of parties
  • community survey continues for Asbestos Resource Program

Wood Waste at the Landfills (John Podolinsky)

  • materials sampled, results given to county and will present a letter of alternatives to Lincoln County
  • Brad asked about the future of forest management/ logging in the area

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Technical Assistance Grant (LATAG)

  • New Technical Advisors

Riverfront Park (0U1)

  • Institutional Control Plan (Dec. 2012)
  • Remedial Action Completion Report (Dec. 2012)
  • Post Construction Risk Assessment (2013)

Screening Plant (OU2)

  • Post Construction Risk Assessment (ABS Complete/ Report late 2012 or early 2013)
  • O&M Plan/ IC Plan
  • Transfer OU2 to MT DEQ for O&M
  • Steve Ackerlund asked about Post Construction Risk Assessments- Mike explained that these are atypical Superfund documents that are specific to Libby due to community concerns.
  • Screening plant was turned over to the owners of the property in 2007

Mine (OU3)

  • Kootenai River Surface Water and Sediment Sampling- Sept. or Oct.(low flow conditions)
  • ABS sampling on Kootenai River/ Zonolite Island September – late Sept.
  • Commercial logging SAP complete; Sample analysis underway with completion by mid-Sept.
  • Interim Actions
  1. Remove asbestos contaminated waste vermiculite below the amphitheater. 5 acres, 1 ft. deep contamination. Final stages of negotiation. Work to be completed this fall.

Residential/ Commercial Areas (OU4)


  • J. Neils Park Water Source for keeping ground wet had been developed and is being used.
  • Mobile Home Parks- 4 completed in 2012 construction season.
  • ERS/UDig Update- 2-3 calls per week. UDig is a state program but connected to EPA in this area.
  • Gravel Driveways- used to go 12 inches no matter what. This has changed to 6 inches and then reevaluate for contamination.
  • Construction Season coming to an end- 150 properties done this year. No more removals after Oct. 1 so there is time for all restoration activities. Brad asked about communicating with community workers. Mike stated that they do.
  • Steve asked who the contact person is for property clean-up questions. Mike C. answered that it starts with the community involvement coordinator (PRI and CDM), then the army corps of engineers (contract manager) and then EPA (Mike Cirian.)

Remedial Investigation:

  • Nature and Extent Sampling for Surface Water (in conjunction with Kootenai River sampling)
  1. SAP Complete; Sampling in mid-September to capture low flows
  • Nature and Extent Sampling for the Forest – 50 locations collecting bark and duff
  1. SAP Complete; selecting accessible locations with the Forest Service; Sample collection in Sept. or Oct.
  • Tissue Assessment Sampling
  1. Fish- Collection Complete; awaiting analysis
  2. Mammals- SAP Complete; Sample collection in Oct. 1 deer and 1 elk from the mine site.
  • Woodstove Use Exposure Assessment and ABS
  1. SAP nearing completion; Sample collection in Oct. or Nov.
  • Logging ABS at Flower Creek area of OU4
  1. Identified 2 loggers interested in doing the work; Sample collection in Oct. through ABS
  • Flower Bed Sampling on properties with only hit being flower bed. New properties.
  1. SAP Complete; Sample Collection and Re-analysis in mid-Sept.

Stimson Lumber (OU5)

  • Work stopped pending final toxicity values
  • Still looking for a kids fishing pond so this may work

BNSF Rail Corridor (OU6)

  • Re-analyze archived ABS samples

Troy (OU7)- DEQ

  • Continue responding to ERS/ UDig inquiries and the Troy community
  • Conducting Removal Design Investigations, Troy Asbestos Property Evaluations, and ambient air sampling
  • Conducting Indoor ABS Sampling in both remediated and un-remediated homes
  • Developing Gravel Pit Sample and Analysis Plan to test them for LA and other fibers
  • Ambient air sampling has been getting more hits in Troy than in Libby. Fibers appear to be different than LA based on electron microscopy. Brad asked how important this is. John answered that it is not taking away from the home clean-ups.

State Highways (OU8)

  • Drafting Feasibility Study

5. WR Grace Report

6. Meeting minutes review and approval – September, 2012 Eileen motioned to approve and Donna seconded. The motion was unanimously

7. Treasurer’s Report

  1. Additional funds has been received from EPA
  2. Bruce Zwang’s TA contract needs to be sent to EPA for review so that reimbursements can be done for June- August
  3. $16,816.15 as of August. With additional $50,000 = $66,816.

8. Sub-Committee Reports

  1. Communications Committee- Eileen and Karen. Newsletter will be updated and submitted to newspaper
  2. Nomination Committee- LeRoy. Nick Raines will be given an application to join the board
  3. O&M Attendance Rotation Committee- Donna. No meeting in September. At the August meeting Libby Legacy, ARP, Board of Realtors meetings, Chamber of Commerce and community outreach activities were
  4. echnical Advisor Committee-

9. Old Business

  1. GA Ad was run in KVR and Western News x 1 week with no responses. A contract will be entered into with Bruce Zwang. Bruce will handle financial aspects and Tracy will handle other aspects.
  2. Donna made a motion to send the drafted letter to Phillip E and Karen seconded it. It was unanimously approved.
  3. Web proposal will be emailed to the board to review and discuss next

10. New Business

  1. 2 reports have been completed by ARP include The Land Use Restriction Report and review of current EPA ABS data. Web address:\environmentalhealth\asbestos.html
    1. Land Use Restriction Report involved assessment of all existing land use restrictions were assessed including city, county, state and federal regulations. Anything applicable to interim institutional controls were identified, how they could be modified to incorporate the ARP. Report was completed in June and will be posted on the county website in September.
    2. ABS data report – much data is still needed is one of the biggest conclusions of this report.
  2. A motion was made by Donna for both TAs to review these reports, Karen seconded the motion. The question was posed as to whether one or both TAs should evaluate the report and it was decided that this is important because of perspectives provided and background understanding. Tony is data and methodology and Steve is program development and community developmentMore duplication of TA duties will happen up front with getting up to speed and then TAs have agreed to work together to define roles with LATAG guidance. It was unanimously approved that both TAs review the two county reports.  

11. Open Discussion

  1. What is the TAG’s role in these institutional controls? It was decided that our TAs should be informed and weigh in on these issues.
  2. Steve discussed the possibility to identifying focused targeted ways to enhance community involvement in institutional controls. It was discussed that community engagement and dissemination of information to the public are goals of the TAG. Karen suggested using press releases to communicate with the community. An interactive blog was suggested and it was discussed that this would be great for the CAG. Use of newspapers re: “superfund straight talk” which discusses a new topic each time was also discussed. Development of a communication plan would be very helpful. Steve will follow-up with Dr. Black.
  3. The question was brought up as to whether or not TAG should have a role in developing a broader look at cumulative exposure, but the question was tabled due to time restrictions. It was decided that each board member would consider LATAG’s short and long term goals as an action

12. Review and agreement on action items was completed

13. In kind hours for September were

14. The next LATAG regular board meeting will be October 9, 2012.

15. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM


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