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November 20, 2012

Asbestos-covered trees may be logged

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A report on how to deal with 35,000 acres of asbestos-laden forest on a mix of private and public land in northwestern Montana suggests harvesting trees could be profitable if debarking can safely remove the asbestos.

The 45-page study identifies a variety of ways to reclaim the contaminated forest in the mountainous region surrounding the town of Libby, the Missoulian reported in a story published Sunday.

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