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Kalispell citizens remind Gov. Schweitzer of radio comment

| April 25, 2007 12:00 AM

To the Editor:

Before this legislative session is over, I would like to remind Gov. Brian Schweitzer of a comment he made on KJJR radio in Kalispell, before he was elected. Brian, you stated that W.R. Grace "has not been a good neighbor in the Libby area."

During the '50s and '60s, as well as through the '90s, the State of Montana was not a good neighbor either. The state DEQ was aware of the hazards of Libby vermiculite and failed to educate and protect workers and the community. The EPA out of Denver were also criminally negligent.

Montana will eventually get their day in court for a criminal conspiracy and cover-up.

Perhaps when focusing on how to spend the current surplus of taxes, you could be a good neighbor along with this fine legislature, and set aside money to cover what will be due to Libby's victims.

Readers who wish to know more about Montana's criminal involvement should read, "An Air That Kills" — how the asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, uncovered a national scandal.

Andrew Schneider

Frank McCumber

Kalispell