In 1976, WR Grace ordered a study completed to learn the effects of asbestos. In the study, 62 hamsters were injected with vermiculite, the type of asbestos that was being mined in Libby. By the end of the first year, 10 of those hamsters had developed mesothelioma and many more had developed other asbestos related conditions.
In the ongoing trial, a former WR Grace chemist testified about the study. The study was meant to show the company the health risks associated with the vermiculite ore they were mining. Along with this testimony, company memos show that the company was informed of the risk posed by the asbestos back in 1976.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos, contact the Montana mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955.