Idaho Asbestos Exposure
The Rocky Mountains stretch from Alaska and Canada's Northwest Territories and extending down into Mexico, and are known to have many naturally-occurring deposits of asbestos. The Idaho panhandle is home to two major asbestos deposits, located along U.S. 95 between Moscow and Potlatch just east of the Washington State line. A third is situated in the Bitterroot Mountains approximately 20 miles northwest of Salmon, Idaho, and 30 miles west of Wisdom, Montana. However, this asbestos site is quite remote and can only be accessed by off-road vehicles and on horseback.
Idaho Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Idaho where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Idaho 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.
Idaho's primary industry is agriculture. Technology industries account for 25% of the state's GNP. Neither of these are known for excessive asbestos exposure. Neither are there any specific companies or businesses in the state that have been named defendants in any asbestos litigation by a mesothelioma lawyer. Idaho has virtually no laws that pertain specifically to asbestos or asbestos exposure; these issues are left to the EPA.
Industries in Idaho at which workers may have been exposed include, chemical plants, paper products and mines, all of which involve the use of asbestos-containing materials. There is also the Idaho National Laboratory, where researchers study issues related to nuclear energy. Those who were employed at the world's first nuclear reactor in Arco have probably been exposed to some amount of asbestos.
Because of the state's remarkable population growth in recent years however, the greatest source of asbestos exposure is most likely to be the construction industry. Asbestos exposure commonly results from demolition and renovation projects. There are also over 3,000 commercial products that still legally contain asbestos, many of which are construction materials such as wallboard and various adhesives.
During the last two decades of the 20th Century, the population of Idaho increased by over 30%.During that same period, 180 asbestos deaths were reported, most of which were, concentrated in the Boise-Nampa metro area. Ada County accounted for 27 asbestos victims, while Kootenai County was second with 25 asbestos victims diagnosed at mesothelioma clinics.
Statewide, mesothelioma victims slightly outnumbered those suffering from asbestosis. However, in rural areas, asbestosis was far more common – a typical pattern throughout the nation. Unlike mesothelioma, asbestosis is not malignant; it does not spread, and its progression usually stops once the patient is removed from the asbestos environment.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is usually incurable and invariably fatal, as it is usually not diagnosed until it has reached Stage III or IV – by which time the malignancy has spread to other parts of the body.
Other Idaho Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a listing of additional known jobsites in Idaho where asbestos exposure may have occurred. Asbestos exposure is one of the primary risk factors for mesothelioma. If you worked at one of these locations and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma please complete the form on this page to receive more information.
- A.E.C. Atomic Plant
- National Reactor Testing Station
- Nuclear Facility
- Paul Hardeman
- US Atomic Energy Corp
- Western Steel
- Bunker Hill Company
- Bunker Hill Smelter
- Sullivan Mining Company
- Boise Cascade Corporation
- Deatley Corporation
- Lewiston Grade School
- Potlatch Corporation
- Potlatch Forest
- Pulp Mill Warehouse
- Zinn Industrial Supply
- Amalgamated Sugar Company
- Carnation Milk Products Company
- College of Idaho
- Terminal Ice & Cold Storage
- Utah Idaho Sugar Company
- Idaho Nuclear Corp
- Ira Sponsors Warehouse
- National Reactor Testing Station
- Phillips Petroleum Company
- Robison Dist Company
- Tra Sponsors Warehouse
- Westinghouse Electric Corporation
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