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Recalling a Former Miner Who Brought Change

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Recalling a Former Miner Who Brought Change

Remembrances

Recalling a Former Miner Who Brought Change

Recalling a Former Miner Who Brought Change

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Les Skramstad, a former vermiculite mineworker who drew attention to asbestos-related disease among residents of Libby, Mont., died recently. Skramstad became the first Libby resident to win a jury award against the mine's owner, W.R. Grace Company. He later lobbied the government to assist asbestos victims and declare Libby a Superfund site.

Melissa Block talks with Andrea Peacock, journalist and author of Libby Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation.