Monday, March 2, 2009
Article on cnn.com -- Decades later, asbestos-ravaged town has its day in court, by Josh Levs. Here's an excerpt:
For much of the last century, people in the small town of Libby, Montana, were surrounded by toxic asbestos. It covered patches of grass, dusted the tops of cars and drifted through the air in a hazy smoke that became a part of their daily lives.
Now, after decades of suffering and watching loved ones die, area residents are getting their day in court.
Federal prosecutors have begun a trial of the mining company they blame for the pollution, which doctors say left more than 1,000 people ill and more than 200 dead.