Louisiana Asbestos Exposure

Louisiana

Because Louisiana is located at the junction of two major Gulf Coast waterways, maritime industries are located throughout the Pelican State. Oil drilling and refining are also prominent industries, and Louisiana is home to eight major power generation plants.

All of these industries are known for asbestos exposure. Usually, this is unintentional; however, willful negligence is not unknown. If you believe you could have been wrongfully exposed you should contact a mesothelioma lawyer.

Louisiana Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Louisiana where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Louisiana 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.

Shipbuilding

Few things are feared by sailors as much as a fire at sea. For this reason, ship construction contained tremendous amounts of asbestos from the wheelhouse to the bilge, but especially in the engine and boiler rooms. The main shipbuilding companies in Louisiana are:

  • Avondale
  • Bollinger
  • Higgins
  • Todd (prior to 1990)

Power Generation Plants

A Puerto Rican study showed “abnormalities” in the chest x-rays among 13% of power plant workers. Crocidolite asbestos is highly resistant to electrical current, and was likely to be used in fire doors, conduits and pipe fittings.

Oil Rigs

Even crude oil is volatile. Because of this, asbestos is found throughout oil drilling and refining facilities. Some exposure was due to protective clothing and equipment, such as fireproof jackets and gloves; when ripped or worn, asbestos fibers were released into the immediate environment.

Significant oil processing operations are run by:

  • BP Amoco
  • Citgo
  • Shell Oil
  • Texaco

Cement Plants

In 1987, a research study of various cement plants in Louisiana showed elevated rates of cancer among workers employed at cement companies that used amphibole asbestos compared to those at which “white” chrysotile asbestos was the primary ingredient. Most manufacturers of asbestos cement switched to the latter after 1960.

Statistics

Louisiana's asbestos fatalities due to asbestosis are slightly more numerous than those from mesothelioma, which is not the case in most other states. The most likely explanation is that “white” asbestos (the primary cause of asbestosis) has been more widely used that the “blue” and “brown” varieties. However, given that asbestosis is more treatable and has a much better prognosis than mesothelioma, it is still unclear as to why more Louisianans die from the former. All individuals at risk for either disease should seek medical attention at mesothelioma clinics.

Other Louisiana 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.

Abbeville

  • Abbelle Rice Mill Ltd
  • Acadia Vermillion Rice Irrigation Company, Inc.
  • Hunter Canal Company
  • J Henry Putnam Rose Hill Plantation
  • Louisiana State Rice Milling

Algiers

  • Avondale Shipyards, Inc. - Algiers
  • Johnson Iron Works and Shipbuilding Company
  • Naval Air Station
  • Sewerage and Water Board of N.O.
  • Todd Shipyard
  • U.S. Naval Station

Arabi

  • Amstar Corporation
  • Arabi Packing Company
  • Chalmette Refinery
  • Domino Sugar

Avondale

  • American Cyanamid Company
  • Avondale Marine Ways, Inc.
  • Avondale Shipyards, Inc. - Avondale
  • Chemical Construction Company

Baker

  • Baker High School
  • Bakerfield Elementary
  • Scokill Metal
  • White Hills Elementary

Baldwin

  • Central Louisiana Electric Company
  • Central Louisiana Energy Corporation
  • Cleco Power Llc
  • Phoenix Planting and Manufacturing Company
  • Teche Steam Plant

Bastrop

  • Consolidated Chemical Industries Inc
  • International Paper Company
  • Louisiana Mill
  • Southern Kraft Corporation

Bayou Teche

  • Avoca Drainage District
  • Bellevue Plantation
  • Calumet Plantation
  • J.N. Pharr and Sons
  • Keystone Plantation
  • Loisel Plantation
  • Shady Side Plantation
  • Victoria Plantation B.J. Movy

Belle Chasse

  • BP Amoco Louisiana
  • British Petroleum
  • Brown & Root
  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • Conoco Refinery Louisiana
  • Gulf Oil Corporation
  • Red Star Yeast and Products Company
  • Universal Foods Corp Red Star Yeast Operations

Berwick

  • Glenwild Plantation
  • J. N. Pharr
  • Oyster Shell Products
  • Sewart Seacraft Incorporated
  • Texaco Inc.
  • Texas Company

Bogalusa

  • Bogalusa Paper Mill
  • Bogalusa Stave Company
  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • Gaylord Container Corporation
  • James River Paper
  • Marshall Ballard, Jr.
  • Southern Wood Distillate and Fibre Company

Calcasieu Parish

  • Calcasieu Refining

Church Point

  • Canal Refining

Convent

  • Bechtel Corp
  • Convent Chemical Corporation
  • Freeport Chemical Company
  • Texaco Refinery

Covington

  • Covington Ice and Cold Stge. Company
  • La. Public Utilities Company
  • Mackee Pine Products
  • Southern Hotel
  • St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Company

Crowley

  • Arcadia Vermilion Rice Irrigation
  • Crowley Rice Milling Company
  • F.W. Atwood
  • Gulf Public Service Company
  • Louisiana Irrigation & Mill Company
  • Mamou Canal Company
  • Simon Rice Mill
  • Standard Milling Company
  • Water Works and Electric Plant

Deridder

  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Boise Southern Company
  • International Paper Company
  • Westvaco

Destrehan

  • American Cyanamid Ammonia Plant
  • American Oil Company
  • Mexican Petroleum Company of Louisiana (Inc)
  • Oriental Exporters Inc
  • Pan Am Southern Corporation
  • Pan American Southern Corp

Elizabeth

  • Boise Cascade
  • Calcasieu Sulphate Paper Company Inc.
  • Calkraft Paper Company
  • Industrial Lumber Company

Eunice

  • Anchor Gasoline Corporation
  • R.H. Coleman and Company
  • Runnels Corp
  • Runnels Gas Products
  • Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corp
  • Uno Tex Petroleum

Garyville

  • Marathon Refinery Louisiana

Good Hope

  • Gatx
  • General American Transportation Corporation
  • Good Hood Refinery
  • Good Hope Industries, Inc.
  • La Power & Light
  • Louisiana Power & Light Company
  • New Orleans Refining Company Inc.
  • Pullman Kellogg
  • Shell Oil Company

Gramercy

  • Colonial Sugars Company
  • Gramercy Sugar Company
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation

Hodge

  • Continental Can Company
  • Smurfit-Stone Container
  • Southern Advance Bag & Paper Company
  • Stone Container Corporation

Jeanerette

  • A.L. Monnot
  • Delgado Albania Plantation Commission
  • Delgardo and Company
  • Jeanerette Sugar Company, Inc
  • Loisel Sugar Refining Company
  • Ma Patout and Son, Ltd
  • Roane Sugar Inc

Jennings

  • Jennings Gas and Electric Company
  • Jennings Norwood Irrigation Company
  • Louisiana Irrigation & Mill Company
  • Lowry Irrigation Plant
  • Mayville Canal Company
  • Mcfarlain Irrigation Plant
  • Nat. Rice Milling Company
  • Riverside Irrigation Company
  • S.B.A. Shipyards

Kenner

  • Anco Insulation, Inc.
  • Delta Match Corp of La
  • Exxon
  • Fourth Jefferson Drainage District
  • Hepinstall Steel Company
  • Humble Oil Refining
  • Kenner Home Team Track

Killona

  • Waterford Nuclear Power Plant

LaPlace

  • Bayou Steel Corporation

Lockport

  • Bollinger Shipyard
  • Halter Marine
  • R.E. Morrison Estate
  • Valentine Pulp & Paper Company Inc
  • Valentine Sugars

Luling

  • Bungy Grain Elevator
  • Indeck Power Equipment Company
  • Lion Oil Refining Company
  • Monsanto Chemical Company

Mansfield

  • Brown & Root
  • Central Louisiana Electric
  • Cleco Power Llc
  • Dolet Hills Steam Plant Unit 1
  • Hendrix Manufacturing Company
  • International Paper Company
  • Louisiana Public Utilities Company
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company

Marrero

  • Archbishop Shaw High School
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Chinchuba Institute
  • General Industrial Alcohol Company
  • Immaculate Conception School
  • Jefferson Parrish Wastewater District #2
  • Johns Manville Products Corporation

Meraux

  • Murphy Oil Louisiana

Minden

  • Army Ammunition Plant
  • City of Minden - Minden Municipal Power
  • Clement-Braswell, Inc.
  • La Energy and Power Authority
  • Louisiana Energy and Power Authority
  • Louisiana Ordnance Plant
  • Minden Utilities System
  • Webb Press Company

Montz

  • Little Gypsy Power Plant

Mooringsport

  • Lieberman Steam Plant
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Southwestern Gas and Electric Company
  • Swepco/Liberman Plant
  • Wepco/Liberman Plant

Morgan City

  • Conrad Industries
  • J Ray Mcdermott
  • La Energy and Power Authority
  • Louisiana Energy and Power Authority
  • Mcdermott Shipyard
  • Morgan City Municipal

Natchitoches

  • City of Natchitoches
  • Louisiana State Normal College
  • Natchitoches Municipal Electric Light and Water Department
  • Natchitoches Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company

New Iberia

  • Exxon
  • Gulf Public Service Company
  • Humble Avery Island
  • Iberia Sugar Corp
  • L.C. Soileau & Son
  • Quaker Oats Company
  • Red Fox Industries

New Roads

  • Big Cajun Two Steam Plant Unit 3
  • Cajun Electric Power Coop. Inc
  • Louisiana Electric Co-Op
  • Louisiana Generating

North Baton Rouge

  • Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation
  • Allied Chemical Corporation
  • Capolymer Rubber & Chemical Corporation
  • Ethyl Corporation
  • Gulf States Utilities Company
  • Standard Oil Company of Louisiana
  • Stauffer Chemical Company

Oakdale

  • Arizona Chemical Company
  • Hillyer Deutsch Edwards Inc.
  • Louisiana Public Utilities Company
  • Newport Industries Inc
  • Reichold Chemical Company
  • Tenneco Chemicals Company

Plaquemine

  • Dow Chemical Powerhouse
  • Georgia Gulf Corporation
  • Georgia Pacific Plant
  • Hercules Refinery
  • Hercules, Inc.
  • Mcwilliams Dredging Company
  • Myrtle Grove Sugar

Port Allen

  • Exxon Company Usa
  • Mcwilliams Dredging Company
  • Placid Oil Refinery
  • Placid Refining
  • Poplar Grove Factoryand Refining Company
  • Smithfield Sugar
  • Wesrover Sugar Factory

Port Sulphur

  • Combustion Equipment
  • Deerfiled Glassine Company
  • Freeport / Mcmoran
  • Freeport Sulphur Company
  • Freeport/Mcmoran

Raceland

  • Godchaux Sugar Inc
  • Raceland Milling Company
  • Savannah Foods
  • South Coast Corp

Ruston

  • Arkansas Fuel Oil Company
  • Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company
  • City of Ruston - Ruston Power Plant
  • Duraflake South Inc
  • Louisiana Methodist Orphanage
  • Louisiana Polytechnic Institute
  • Ruston City Water Works

Saint Francisville

  • Crown Vantage, Inc
  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • International Paper Mill
  • James River Paper
  • Natalbany Lumber Company
  • River Bend Power Plant
  • River Bend Powerhouse
  • St. Francisville Paper Company

Saint James

  • Agrico Faustina Plant
  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • Gulf Oil Chemicals Company
  • Imc Agrico
  • St. James Sugar Co-Op Inc

Saint Marys Parish

  • Columbian Carbon Company

Springhill

  • Arizona Chemical Plant
  • International Paper Company
  • Southern Kraft International Paper Company
  • Springhill Mill

Sulphur

  • Certainteed Corp
  • Cities Service Refinery
  • Conoco Oil Refinery
  • Firestone
  • Occidental Chemical Company
  • Union Sulphur Company

Taft

  • Beker Industries Corporation
  • Hooker Chemicals & Plastics
  • Lumas Construction
  • Occidental Chemical Company
  • Oxy Chem
  • Taft Louisiana Plant
  • Union Carbide Chemical Plant
  • Waterford Nuclear Station

Thibodaux

  • Caldwell Sugar Coop
  • Entergy Louisiana Inc
  • Freeport Sulphur Company
  • Louisiana Power and Light
  • Reality Operators Inc
  • Southdown Sugars, Inc.
  • Standard Sugars Company
  • W.E. Howell
  • W.S. Lafargue Elementary School

Vacherie

  • National Bagasse Products Company
  • South Down Sugar Refinery
  • Southdown Corporation
  • Southdown Sugar, Inc.
  • Vacherie Plant

Venice

  • Exxon
  • Garden Island Bay Plant
  • Gulf Oil Corp
  • Halliburton
  • Humble Oil & Refining

West Lake Charles

  • City Services Oil Company
  • Hercules Powder Company
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass
  • Tutwiler Refinery
  • W R Grace & Company Davison Chemical Div

Westwego

  • A.L. Patterson
  • American Cyanamid Company
  • Avondale Shipyards Inc - Westwego
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Federal Products Company
  • La Power & Light
  • Louisiana Power & Light Company
  • Nine Mile Plant
  • Rossville Alcohol Corp

White Castle

  • Cedar Grove Factory
  • Cedar Grove Plantation
  • William T. Burton Industries

View Sources

Sources

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Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Louisiana.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma, September 2005.

Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Coast Guard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64 (October 2007): 651-8.

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