The Tribute of Hope Award will be presented at the seventh Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. This is in recognition for Baucus’ efforts to build a public health emergency designation in Libby.
In a statement, Baucus noted that he was humbled by the recognition and was grateful to the people of Libby for their courage and resilience amid an outrageous tragedy. He added that he also admires the efforts of such organizations like ADAO and other concerned group all over the country, saying that these groups have worked so hard in order to keep the public aware of the impact of asbestos and help the victims fight for their rights after being exposed to the harmful materials.
Baucus helped fund the health care and cleanup campaign for the victims in the widespread deaths and illness brought by excessive exposure to asbestos at the defunct W.R. Grace and Co. mine. In addition, he also helped save the Center for Asbestos Related Disease clinic and urged the Environmental Protection Agency to secure the place from possible asbestos cancer risk.
Baucus also passed a health-care reform law to assure the residents of Libby and Lincoln County an access to high quality health care benefits. As a result, victims of asbestos exposure began getting care under Medicare in the spring of last year. Baucus said that he aims to assure his constituents will get the necessary compensation after being exposed to these toxic substances.