Maine Asbestos Exposure

Maine

The province of Quebec, Canada is still home to a major asbestos manufacturing operation. Maine borders Quebec and has a number of naturally-occurring asbestos deposits in the western part of the state.

Maine Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

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

Natural Deposits

Although Maine has been settled by Europeans since the mid-1600s, the part of the state where most asbestos is found is only sparsely populated. One major highway in the region, S.R. 27, skirts the northwestern edge of this area along the shores of the Chain Lakes.

Three other asbestos deposits in the state have been noted on maps issued by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. One is along Maine's eastern border with the Canadian province of New Brunswick near Fort Fairfield; the other two are located along the coast on the peninsula that separates Penobscot Bay from Blue Bay. Those residing close to these areas should seek medical attention from mesothelioma clinics as they may have been exposed to asbestos.

Industrial Sources

Maine has many older and historic buildings, most of which have asbestos issues. In fact, there are 84 different jobsites and public buildings in which asbestos problems have been identified by the state's Department of Environmental Quality. These include:

  • paper mills
  • power generation plants
  • iron foundries
  • shipyards
  • military installations
  • school buildings
  • warehouses
  • hospitals

Most of these asbestos sites are located in the more populated areas around the cities of Auburn, Bangor, Portland, and Presque Isle.

Statistics

Between 1980 and 2000, there were 387 fatalities due to asbestos poisoning in the state of Maine. Most of these were due to asbestosis rather than mesothelioma, which is unusual, because the former is neither progressive nor malignant; the disease stops when the patient is removed from the source of asbestos. Those suffering wrongfully from mesothelioma should seek counsel from a mesothelioma lawyer.

Other Maine 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.

Auburn

  • Broadman Hall
  • Buerhaus Insulation Company
  • Downeast Urethane Company
  • Fenway Motel
  • Pine Tree Insulation

Bangor

  • Bangor Hydro-Electric Company
  • Bangor State Hospital
  • City of Bangor Water Works
  • Dow Air Force Base
  • Eastern Paper
  • New England Insulation Company
  • S.A. Maxfield Company
  • University of Maine

Bath

  • Bath Iron Works Corporation
  • Capodanno
  • Conyngham
  • Elmer Montgomery
  • Hyde Windlass Company
  • Pharris
  • Ymca

Brunswick

  • Bowdoin College
  • Brunswick Electric Light and Power Company
  • Brunswick Naval Air Station
  • Hearst Corppejepscot Paper Div
  • Pejepscot Paper Company
  • United States Naval Air Station

Bucksport

  • Central Maine Power Company
  • Champion Paper
  • Maine Seaboard Paper Company Div of Time Inc
  • Northeast Coal & Dock Corp
  • Saint Regis Mill
  • St. Regis Paper Company

East Millinocket

  • Great Northern Paper Mill

Jay

  • International Paper Company
  • Jay Paper Mill
  • Mount Blue High School

Knox County

  • Union Chemical Company

Limestone

  • Loring Air Force Base

Lincoln

  • Eastern Fine Paper and Pulp
  • Eastern Manufacturing Company
  • Kathadin Pulp and Paper Company
  • Lincoln Pulp & Paper
  • Standard Packaging Corp

Livermore Falls

  • Androscoggin Mill
  • International Paper Company
  • Otis Mill

Madison

  • Abenaki Mill
  • Econby Corporation
  • Great Northern Paper Company
  • Kennebec River Pulp 8 Paper Company Inc
  • Madison Electric
  • Madison Paper Corporation
  • Northern Paper Company

Millinocket

  • Bowater Inc
  • Great Northern Paper Company

Pownal

  • Pineland Hospital & Training Center
  • Ponwal State School
  • Pownal State School

Rumford

  • Axford Paper Company
  • Boise Cascade Paper Mill
  • Mead Paper Group
  • Northern Paper
  • Oxford Paper Company

Sanford

  • Alloy Products Company
  • American Cyanamid Company
  • C Y R O Industries
  • Sanford Mills
  • Sanford Sheet Plant

Searsport

  • Chemitron Corp
  • Northern Chemical Industries Inc
  • Ohemetron Corp

Waterville

  • Chinet Company
  • Colby College
  • Hollingsworth & Whitney Company
  • International Paper
  • Keyes Fibre Company
  • Lockwood Company
  • Maine Central Railroad Company
  • Mt Mercy Academy
  • Y.M.C.A.

Westbrook

  • Blue Rock Quarry
  • Cumberland Mills
  • Northeastern Paving Corp
  • S.D. Warren Company
  • Sappi Fine Papers
  • Scott Paper Company

Wiscasset

  • Central Maine Power Powerhouse
  • Fpl Energy Mason Llc
  • Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station
  • Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
  • Wiscasset Steam Plant

Woodland

  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Georgia Pacific Paper Mill
  • Georgia Pacific St. Croix
  • St. Croix Paper Company

Yarmouth

  • Central Maine Power Company
  • W.F. Wyman Power Station

View Sources

Sources

Bowker, Michael. Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos is Killing America. (New York: Touchstone, 2003.)

Cooper, Mechelle. “Asbestos Removal Spurs State Action.” Kennebec Journal (ME), 6 September 2007.

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

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).

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