It is a win for asbestos fighters today as the sundry princesses related disease has received 2.5 million dollars to cover the cost of chest x-rays breathing test and other costs for asbestos-related diseases. The funding will be distributed in Libby and it’s communities in Lincoln County. Lincoln County has a long history with asbestos-related diseases and has long needed this grant. Tester, the US Senator and active protester against the fibrous minerals that are asbestos, helped to dub the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week”. He’s also commented on the situation “The CARD Clinic is saving lives by providing screenings for folks in and around Libby, this grant provides much-needed funding to cover expensive X-rays and breathing tests, helping them make Lincoln County safer and healthier.” The county has been on the Superfund National Priorities List since 2002 due to the unearthing of large that amounts of asbestos in the area. Tester continually voices his support for the movement to ban asbestos and has several supporters including workers at the CARD Clinic. “We can’t thank Senator Tester enough for his long term support. He recognizes health effects from Libby Amphibole exposure continue to be a pervasive problem that will go on for years due to latency of the disease. He continues to help CARD maintain critical services for individuals who have suffered ill health effects,” said Dr. Brad Black. Asbestos, although concentrated in some places, is an issue all over the US and even more prominent worldwide. Asbestos Abatement is extremely dangerous and should only be done by trained professionals who have the proper equipment needed to do so. If you live in a house that was built before the 1980s asbestos ban, you should get your house checked for asbestos. In Libby they are able to have helpful federal programs but the rest of the country is not always so fortunate so stay alert and be a responsible homeowner.