Chalmette, Louisiana

Chalmette is the parish seat of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. An unincorporated community located on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet east of New Orleans, Chalmette had a population of about 32,000 in 2000. Petroleum and sugar refining have long been prominent local industries. Chalmette was heavily damaged by flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, causing a substantial drop in population and industry, although the area has been slowly recovering. Notable employers include Murphy Oil Corporation, Chalmette Refining, LLC, and American Sugar Refining, Inc.

Substantial industrialization did not occur in Chalmette until the 20th century. In 1909, the American Sugar Refining Company opened its new processing plant. It took four years to construct, and at the time it was the largest sugar refinery in the world. In 2005, flooding from Katrina caused severe damage to the refinery's equipment; replacement machinery included upgraded robotic equipment to handle the packaged sugar. Kaiser Aluminum's Chalmette Works, built in 1951, was the world's largest aluminum reduction plant in its day, but operated only until about 1980. Tenneco Oil Company and Murphy Oil both established refineries in the mid-20th century. The Tenneco refinery is currently operated by ExxonMobil. Murphy Oil experienced a Hurricane Katrina-related oil spill, but has since resumed normal operations. Chalmette has also been home to several shipyards through the years, including Bergeron Shipyard and Blue Streak Industries.

Chalmette, Louisiana has a concentrated history of heavy industry during a period when asbestos-containing materials were widely used. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma treatment facilities in and around Chalmette are listed at the bottom of this page. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Chalmette, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of an asbestos attorney.

Jobsites in Chalmette where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

A number of jobsites in Chalmette, LA have been identified as harboring asbestos containing materials. These sites, at one point in their history, were known to have exposed a variety of tradesmen to asbestos. We will be documenting in more detail how asbestos exposure occurred at these sites in the future on this web site.

  • American Sugar Refining Company
  • Amstar Corporation
  • Bay Petroleum Corporation
  • Chalmete Petroleum Corporation
  • Chalmette Refinery
  • Domino Sugar
  • Havemeyer Refinery
  • Ingram Oil & Refining Company
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
  • Mobil Oil Corp
  • Tenneco Oil Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers Near Chalmette, LA

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Chalmette, LA. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 12.0 miles

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