The Ethics - A Bridge for Communities and Scientists (E-ABCs) project was conducted in the community of Libby, Montana where it examined the ethical, legal, and social implications of asbestos contamination. The project was designed to explore how an awareness of ethics can support and enrich community dialogue and inform decision-making.
During the six year funding cycle for this project, a number of efforts were undertaken in order to provide resources for Libby residents who have diverse and changing needs and interests. The lessons learned from these efforts are reflected throughout the website and are summarized in the manual entitled, Ethics - A Bridge for Communities and Scientists: A Curriculum for Community Outreach and Education.
On June 17, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that EPA has determined that a public health emergency exists at the Libby asbestos site in northwest Montana. This marks the first time EPA has made a determination under the Superfund law (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) that conditions at a site constitute such an emergency.
Photos courtesy of Dudley Dana, Dana Gallery