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A federal grand jury in the District of Montana has indicted WR Grace and seven current and former Grace executives for knowingly endangering residents of Libby, Montana, and concealing information about the health effects of its asbestos mining operations. According to the indictment, the company and its executives, as far back as the 1970s, attempted to hide the fact that toxic asbestos was present in vermiculite products at the Libby plant. The grand jury charged the defendants with conspiring to conceal information about the hazardous nature of the company’s contaminated obstructing the government’s clean-up efforts, and wire fraud. Approximately 1,200 of the town’s residents suffer from some kind of asbestos-related abnormality.

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