Tuesday, February 8, 2005

W.R. Grace & Co. and Seven Executives Indicted on Environmental and Obstruction Charges

W.R. Grace & Co., an industrial company currently in bankruptcy, and seven of its current and former executives were indicted by a federal grand jury in Montana for violating the Clear Air Act related to a now-closed mine in Libby, Montana, that emitted asbestos into the air (indictment here).  The company and Alan Stringer, the former manager of the mine, were also charged with Obstruction of Justice for allegedly provided false and misleading information to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during its investigation of the mine for possible CERCLA violations and preventing a Superfund team from gaining access to the mine. According to the government's charges, asbestos from the mine caused 1,200 people to become ill. (ph)

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