California Asbestos Exposure

California

California’s official state mineral is serpentine, a source of chrysotile asbestos. Asbestos is typically found in areas with volcanic mountains and earthquakes, and California is known for both. Early people groups who populated the area lived lightly on the land and did not disturb the serpentine rock, but with today’s rampant population growth and demand for housing, communities such as El Dorado Hills, located east of Sacramento, have seen a big rise in construction activity and as a result more asbestos fibers in the air. If you believe your home may contain asbestos, you could be at risk for asbestos-related diseases and should contact a mesothelioma lawyer.

Other locations in the state are a natural home to asbestos deposits. They include the three major mountain ranges north of the Los Angeles Basin and the Mojave Desert, 50 miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada.

California Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of California where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in California there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Industries and Occupations

There are several industries and occupations located in California where employees, their families and nearby residents may have been exposed to asbestos, including:

  • 20 major shipyards
  • Marine repair facilities
  • 25 oil refineries
  • 11 power plants and energy generation facilities
  • Mining and smelting operations

The San Diego Naval Base, as well as other naval shipyards and marine repair facilities in operation through the early 1990s, have used asbestos insulation in the ships. Consequently, U. S. veterans who served on sea-going vessels are more likely to develop asbestos diseases, making mesothelioma navy cases more common than cases from other branches of the military.

Asbestos-related Deaths

From the years 1979 until 1999, most of the deaths in the state of California due to asbestos cancer were centered on residents of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. They made up over 25% of the total. 20% more were from Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco counties in the Bay Area.

Mesothelioma was the cause of over half of the asbestos-related fatalities in the state, but asbestosis is more commonly the cause than mesothelioma. People living in urban areas were more likely to contract mesothelioma, while people in rural areas had a greater chance of getting asbestosis. Those who believe they are at risk for mesothelioma should seek medical attention form California mesothelioma clinics.

Other California Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma.

Acres

  • Allied Chemical Plant California

Anderson

  • Anderson Elementary School
  • Anderson Plant
  • Champion Building Products
  • City of Anderson
  • Kimberly Clark Corp
  • Kimberly Clark Paper Plant
  • Simpson Lee Paper - Shasta Mill
  • Simpson Paper Company
  • U S Plywood Corp

Arcadia

  • Armstrong Container & Supplier
  • C.M. Millwork Company
  • Kiln Company
  • Los Angeles Turf Club
  • Methodist Hospital of Southern California
  • Santa Anita Consolidated

Azusa

  • Aerojet-General Corporation
  • American Cyanamid Company
  • General Brewing Company
  • Lucky Lager Brewing Company
  • Miller Brewery (Was Lucky Lager--Azusa)
  • Reichhold Chemicals Inc
  • Universal Oil Products Company
  • Valley Forge Company

Benecia

  • Martinez Refining Company

Beverly Hills

  • Beverly Hills Hotel
  • Beverly Wilshire Building
  • Continental Baking Company
  • Litton Industries
  • Perpetual Savings & Loan
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Sierra Vista School, Rear
  • Warner Bros. Theatre

Bishop

  • Avocet Tungsten Inc
  • Cal. Int. Telephone Company
  • Grinding and Flotation System
  • Tuxton Mine
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • United States Tungsten
  • Us Vanadium Corp

Boron

  • Borax
  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • Pacific Coast Borax Company
  • Rio Tinto
  • United States Borax and Chemicals Corporation

Calistoga

  • Bank of America
  • C N Pickett
  • Calistoga Electric Light and Power Company
  • City of Calistoga Water Project
  • Sterling Winery - Phase 3

Camarillo

  • 3M Company
  • Camarillo State Hospital
  • Minnesota Mining Manufacturing Company
  • Ols Energy Camarillo
  • State Farm Insurance Building
  • State Hospital

Campbell

  • Administrative Building
  • Deleco Corporation of California
  • Hyatt Coffee Shop
  • IBM
  • Valley Drywall Company

Canoga Park

  • Atomics International
  • Canoga Park Elementary School
  • Hughes Aircraft
  • Jelco
  • North American Aviation
  • North American Rockwell
  • Rocketdyne, Inc.

Castro Valley

  • Castro Valley High School
  • Cathedral At The Crossroads
  • Eden Hospital
  • Mount Eden Hospital
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
  • Safeway

Coalinga

  • Robert S Lytle, Operator
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Standard Oil
  • Superior Oil Company
  • Texaco
  • Ther Kern Trading and Oil Company
  • Tidewater Oil Company
  • Wabash Oil Company
  • Western States Gasoline Company

Colma

  • Bay City Building Materials
  • Colma Team Track
  • Cypress Lawn Cemetery
  • Cypress Lawn Mem. Park
  • Home At The Peace Cemetery
  • Vulcan Forge
  • Woodlawn Memorial Park

Commerce

  • Downey Glass
  • Emery Industries, Inc.
  • Henkel Corporation
  • National Screw
  • Pacific Kraft Company
  • Safeway Stores Incorporated

Crockett

  • American Smelting & Refining
  • California & Hawaiian Sugar Company
  • Heircshoff Kiln
  • Plant Asbestos Company

Cucamonga

  • Burn Pacific
  • C. Itoh Textile Machinery Inc
  • Chino Basin M.W.D.
  • Diversified Metals
  • General Knit
  • Martin-Marietta
  • Master Builders
  • Star Finishing Company
  • Western Diversified Metals

Culver City

  • Advanced Installation, Incorporated
  • Avalon Cleaners
  • Carnation Company
  • Hughes Aircraft Company
  • Hughes Tool Company
  • Mcdonnell Douglas
  • Standard Enameling Company
  • Voi-Shaw Manufacturing Company
  • Western Stove

Daggett

  • California Electric Power Company
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Texaco Research
  • Wismer & Becker Contractng Engineers

Danville

  • Alpha Beta Market
  • Community Presbyterian Church
  • East Bay Mud Water Project
  • Elliott Development Company
  • Sycamore Recreation Center
  • Viste Grande School
  • Westchester Elementary School

East Los Angeles

  • Corrugate Plant
  • Globe Mills
  • Naugtuck Chemical
  • O'Keefe & Merritt Stove Company
  • Pacific Tube Company
  • Pillsbury Mills Inc

El Monte

  • Aluminum Plant
  • Ball Corporation
  • Clayton Manufacturing
  • Envirogenics
  • Graning Enameling Company
  • Gregg Iron Foundry
  • Valley Brass
  • Valley Nitrogen Producers Inc

Elk Grove

  • C.B. Hobbs
  • Douglas Oil
  • Elk Grove Winery
  • Sierra Valley Pipeline
  • Union Carbide Corp

Elk Hills

  • Occidental Oil Company Refinery

Escondido

  • Conway School
  • Costa Mesa
  • Glenview School
  • K-Mart - Quince & Grant
  • K-Mart 4252
  • Orange Glen High School
  • Palamor Hospital

Etiwanda

  • Ameron Company
  • Big Three Industries
  • Etiwanda Water Company
  • Koppers Company
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Tamco
  • Tamco- Ameron Affiliate Company
  • Tamco Division of Ameron

Fort Bragg

  • Baxman Gravel Company
  • Boise Cascade Corp
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Union Lumber Company

Gilroy

  • Continental Telephone Company
  • Crown-Zellerbach
  • Dan Caputo Company
  • Filice & Berrilli
  • Gaylord Container Div
  • Gilroy Meadows Sub-Division
  • Nature-Ripe
  • Safeway
  • Smuckers

Healdsburg

  • Fairchild Camera
  • Healdsburg Machine Shop
  • St Johns Convent
  • Union Oil Geysers
  • Widmer Vineyards

Hercules

  • E I Du Pont De Nemours Powder Company
  • Hercules Incorporated
  • Hercules Powder Company
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pacific Refining Company
  • Sequoia Oil Company
  • Valley Nitrogen Producers Inc

Irvine

  • Airco Cryogenics
  • Audio Magnetics
  • Bell and Howell Company
  • Brock Glass
  • El Toro Marine Corps Air Station
  • Southern California Testing Laboratories, Inc.
  • University of California

Irwindale

  • American Hoist Company
  • Kaiser Glass Fibers
  • Miller Brewery
  • O'Kelly Eccles Company
  • Reichold Chemical Inc.
  • The Conveyor Company

Jamestown

  • App Consolidated Gold Mining Company
  • Dutch Mining and Milling Company
  • Jamestown Prison
  • Sonora Prison Farm
  • Twain Harte Plumbing & Heating

Kaiser

  • Kaiser Company
  • Kaiser Steel Corporation
  • Koppers Company, Inc.
  • Linde Company

Kettleman Hills

  • General Petroleum Corporation
  • Standard Oil Company of California
  • Superior Oil Company
  • Texas Company
  • Western States Gasoline Company

Kingsburg

  • California Packing Corp
  • Del Monte Corp
  • Golden State Canning Company
  • Sunmaid Raisin Plant
  • Vie Del Corp
  • Western Grape Products

La Palma

  • Atlantic Richfield California

Lafayette

  • Acalanes High Schoold
  • Kaiser Residence
  • Lafayette Plumbing Company
  • Sequoia Professional Center
  • United Presbyterian Church
  • Vallecitos School
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Larkspur

  • Bank of America - Bon Air & Magnolia
  • California State Auto Association
  • Henry Hall School
  • Larkspur Ferry Terminal
  • Lyon's Restaurant
  • Pacific Bell
  • Redwood High School
  • Ross Valley Medical - Bon Air Road
  • Safeway - Bon Air Road & Magnolia Avenue

Lathrop

  • Best Fertilizers Company
  • Carbonic Engineering
  • Libby-Owens-Ford Glass Company
  • Occidental Chemical Company
  • Pritchard Products
  • Richard Products
  • Sharp Army Depot

Loma Linda

  • Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital
  • Loma Linda Mercantile Company
  • Loma Linda Powerhouse
  • Loma Linda University
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
  • Southern California Edison Company

Lompoc

  • American-Marietta Company of California
  • Camp Cook
  • Celite Company (Jm)
  • Great Lakes Carbon Corp
  • Grefco
  • Howard L. Cooper
  • Johns-Manville
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base

Lucerne Valley

  • Anchor Mineral & Chemical
  • C.K. Williams & Company
  • Kaiser Cement & Gypsum
  • Pfizer, Chas & Company
  • Victorville Lime Rock Company

Lynwood

  • Allied Chemical Corporation
  • Columware Inc
  • English & Lauer
  • Jorgenson Steel
  • Smith Chemical
  • St Francis Hospital
  • Western Gear Works
  • Whitco Chevrolet

Madera

  • Allied Grape Growers
  • Berry Construction
  • Georgia Pacific Company
  • K. Arakelian, Inc.
  • Madera Electric Light Company
  • Madera Glass Company
  • Noble Meat Company
  • Plant Asbestos Company
  • United Vinters

Mare Island

  • Bureau of Yards and Docks
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  • Navy Department. Bureau of Supplies and Accounts
  • Sonoma (Uss)
  • United States Navy Yard

McKittrick

  • Anchor Refining

Milpitas

  • Federal Pacific Electric
  • Ford Motor Company
  • K Mart
  • Milpitas High School
  • Nitram Company
  • R.M. Maloney
  • Safeway

Mojave

  • Ashland Chemical C0
  • California Portland Cement Company
  • Cement Plant
  • Texas Aluminum Company Inc
  • Us Marine Corp

Monrovia

  • Avery Products
  • City Hall
  • Dilectron Company
  • Gladding Mcbean
  • Interpace
  • Live Oak Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Maxwell Industries
  • Monrovia Laundry
  • Whittaker Corporation

Morro Bay

  • Duke Energy North America
  • Duke Energy Power
  • Dynegy Morro Bay Llc, Unit #4
  • Morro Bay Power Plant
  • Morro Bay Water Department
  • Omer A. Rhoades
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company

National City

  • National City Library
  • Paradise Valley Hospital
  • San Diego Gas and Electric Company
  • Shipyard
  • Union Ice Company
  • Welling Boiler

Northridge

  • California State University
  • Gluck Company
  • Los Angeles State College
  • Riker Labs, Inc.
  • San Fernando Valley State College
  • Southern Pacific Team Track

Norwalk

  • B.F. Goodrich Company
  • Gotham Industries
  • Gulf Oil Corporation
  • Metropolitan State Hospital
  • Norwalk State Hospital
  • Studebaker Hospital
  • Union Oil
  • Wilshire Oil Company, Inc.

Oleum

  • Oleum Refinery Whse.
  • Oleum Steam Plant
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Union Oil Refinery

Palmdale

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lockheed Aircraft Corp
  • Southern California Edison

Permanente

  • Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical
  • Kaiser Cement & Gypsum

Pleasant Hill

  • Albertson Market
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit Power
  • Christ King Church
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Pleasant Hill High School
  • Pleasant Hill Library
  • Treasury Store
  • YMCA

Point Loma

  • Cabrillo Center
  • Cape Davies
  • Naval Electronic Lab

Port Chicago

  • Allied Chemical
  • General Chemical Company
  • Naval Weapons Station
  • Port Chicago Chemical Plant

Rancho Bernardo

  • National Cash Register
  • Rancho Bernadino Inn #1
  • Western Electric - Muffler

Red Bluff

  • Antelope High School
  • Corona Box & Lumber Company
  • Diamond Lumber Mill
  • Diamond National Plant
  • M S & C Lumber Company
  • Red Bluff High School
  • T.H.R. Company

Rodeo

  • Bechtel (At Union Oil)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Sequoia Oil Company
  • Shell Oil
  • Union Chemical
  • Union Oil Company
  • Union Oil Refinery
  • Unocal Oil Refinery
  • Wax Loading Line

Roseville

  • Beale Air Force Base
  • City of Roseville
  • Diamond Oaks Golf Club
  • Pacific Fruit Express Company
  • Southern Pacific Company
  • Southern Pacific Railroad
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Woodland Electric Company

Ross

  • Kathryn Bransen School
  • Pomeroy Residence
  • Ross General Hospital
  • Ross Grammar School
  • Ross Valley Hospital
  • Ross Valley Medical Clinic

San Anselmo

  • Drake High School
  • San Anselmo Library
  • San Geronimo Valley School
  • Shopping Center
  • Sir Francis Drake High School
  • Sunnyhills Plant School
  • Theological Seminary
  • Wells Fargo American Trust

San Carlos

  • Harry Lee Plumbing & Heating Company
  • Heather Elementary School
  • Litton Industries
  • Litton Systems Inc
  • San Carlos Airport
  • San Carlos High School
  • Sorcha Boru Ceramics

San Clemente

  • Aircraft Alloys

San Lorenzo

  • Del Monte Insulation
  • Galileo Salami
  • Granny Goose Foods
  • Mcdonald'S
  • San Lorenzo Library
  • San Lorenzo Recreatio Park
  • Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Wells Fargo Bank

San Luis Obispo

  • California Polytechnic School
  • California State Polytechnic College
  • California State University
  • Producers Transportation Company
  • San Luis Gas and Electric Company
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Scott Company of California, Inc.
  • Urho V. Jarvinen

San Onofre

  • San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
  • Southern California Edison

Santa Susana

  • Atomica International
  • Rocketdyne, Inc.

Signal Hill

  • Associated Oil
  • Atlantic Oil
  • CS Mcanley
  • Gilmore Dabney Gasoline Plant
  • Pacific Lighting
  • Richfield Oil
  • Shell Oil
  • Signal Oil & Gas Company
  • Union Pacific Oil Company

Sonoma

  • Port Sonoma
  • Rapp Wm A Company
  • Safeway
  • Sonoma County Airport
  • Sonoma Valley High School
  • Vella Cheese Company
  • W.J. Newman

Sonora

  • California Youth Authority
  • Louisiana Pacific
  • Pennsylvania Pipe & Construction
  • Pickering Lumber Mill
  • Sierra Pacific
  • Sonora High School
  • Standard Lumber Company
  • Tuolumme County Hospital Addition

Sun Valley

  • Valley Generating Station
  • Valley Steam Plant

Susanville

  • California Conservation Center
  • California State Correctional Facility
  • Fruit Growers Supply Company
  • Owens Corning
  • Susanville Correctional Facility

Swanston

  • Norcall
  • Prestone School of Ind
  • Sutter Memorial Hospital
  • Swanston Team Track
  • University of California

Sylmar

  • Hy Temp Metals

Terra Linda

  • Holiday Inn
  • Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District
  • Nazareth Home
  • Oak View Apartments
  • Pacific Telegraph & Telephone
  • Terra Linda High School

Tiburon

  • Bureau of Fisheries
  • Dock Restaurant
  • Golden Gate Theological Center
  • Marin Convalescent Hospital
  • Mineral Technology Center
  • New Baptist Seminary
  • R V Kane Residence
  • Tuburon Lodge

Trona

  • American Potash & Chemical Corporation
  • American Trona Corp
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • I M C Chemical
  • Kerr Mcgee Chemical Company
  • Potash and Chemical Company
  • Searles Valley Minerals

Truckee

  • Burney Lumber Company
  • Douglas Lumber Company
  • Kings Castle Hotel Casino
  • Tahoe School District Office
  • Tahoe Truckee Sanitation

Tulare

  • Dairyman's Creamery Cooperative
  • George Mustin Pipeline Company
  • Golden State Company Ldt
  • Harold James Inc.
  • L.O.L. Dairymens
  • Los Angeles Creamery
  • Smuckers Company
  • Tulare County Power Company

Ukiah

  • Argonaut Constructors
  • Boise Cascade Corp
  • General Motors Dealership
  • Lake Sales
  • Masonite Corporation
  • Masonite Plant
  • Mendocino Courthouse
  • Mendocino State Hospital

Upland

  • First Baptist Church
  • Old Ranchers Canning Company
  • Standard Oil Company
  • Upland Citrus Association
  • Upland College

Vacaville

  • American Home Foods
  • Basic Vegetable Products
  • California Medical Facility
  • Fairmont School
  • Vacaville Water and Light Company

Vandenberg

  • Vandenberg Air Force Base

Venice

  • Holt Industries
  • Hughes Aircraft Corp
  • Hyperion Treatment Plant
  • Ladish Pacific Division
  • Triangle Oil Company
  • Venice High School

Victorville

  • AT&T
  • Cement Plant
  • Chas Pfizer & Company
  • Hook Junior High School
  • Interpace
  • Southwestern Portland Cement Company
  • Victor Valley College
  • Victor Valley Hospital

West Berkeley

  • Peet Brothers Manufacturing Company
  • Philadelphia Qurtz Company
  • Stauffer Chemical Company
  • Sunlit Fruit Company

Westwood

  • Equitable Life Building
  • Gibraltar Savings & Loan
  • Red River Lumber Company
  • Tishman Building
  • University of California
  • Veteran's Affairs Hospital

Woodland

  • Adams Elevator
  • Contadina Foods
  • Contadina Tomato Plant
  • Gibson School
  • Matmor Canning Company
  • Motion Picture Country House and Hospital
  • Skyline Mobile Homes
  • Spreckela Sugar Company
  • Spreckels Sugar Company

Yuba City

  • Buttes Pipe & Supply Company, Inc.
  • California Packing Corp
  • Del Monte Corporation
  • Harter Packing

Sources

Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. "Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska." Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).

Patterson, Randall. "Not In Their Back Yard." Mother Jones, May/June 2007.

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