Montana Asbestos Exposure

Montana

The small town of Libby Montana is arguable "Ground Zero" in the war on asbestos. This is where the W.R. Grace & Company (six executives of which were indicted on criminal charges when sued by a mesothelioma lawyer) operated asbestos and vermiculite mines for 30 years – and the mines themselves had been operating for some sixty years before that.

To date, nearly half the population of Libby has been diagnosed with asbestos disease in addition to the 200 who have died as a result of exposure to asbestos-tainted vermiculite. Vermiculite, by itself a relatively innocuous form of clay, was marketed as Zonolite® and shipped all over the nation. 35 million homes are estimated to contain insulation of this type.

Montana Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

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

Asbestos Throughout The State

The Libby asbestos mines were not the only industries at which Montana workers were exposed to asbestos. Anaconda is a company that mines and processes copper and aluminum, both of which employ the use of asbestos in all phases.

Montana is also home to three oil refineries, where asbestos packing has been used in pipe fittings as well as the lining of protective clothing worn by refinery workers.

Six Montana power plants have been identified as asbestos problem sites. Asbestos is not only an effective flame retardant; it is resistant to electrical current as well. As a result, many power plant employees run an elevated risk of asbestos illness and should seek medical attention from mesothelioma clinics. This risk was confirmed in 2003 during a study of chest x-rays in which 13% of the cases were found to have “abnormalities.”

Statistics

Lincoln County residents experienced three times the rate of asbestos-related deaths as the next highest county. This was Yellowstone; the next highest rates were found in Cascade and Missoula counties, where most of the population resides.

Outside these urbanized areas, the number of asbestos fatalities in Montana is relatively low; most outside of the Libby area are from mesothelioma.

Other Montana 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.

Adler

  • Conrey Peacer Mining Company

Anaconda

  • Anaconda Copper Mining Company
  • Anaconda Smelter
  • Saltenberger Plumbing & Heating
  • Sulphuric Acid Plant
  • The Anaconda Company

Black Eagle

  • Anaconda Copper Mining Company
  • Boston and Montana Consolidated
  • Boston and Montana Reduction Department
  • Copper and Silver Mining Company

Bonner

  • Anaconda Forest Products

Bozeman

  • Bozeman Montana College
  • State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts.

Chestnut

  • Northwestern Improvement Company

Chinook

  • Utah Idaho Sugar Company

Clancy

  • Legal Tender Mining Company

Colstrip

  • Colstrip Power Plant
  • Montana Power & Light Company
  • Montana Power Company

Columbia Falls

  • Anaconda Aluminum Company
  • Plum Creek Lumber Company

Conkelley

  • Anaconda Aluminum Company

Creston

  • Broeder Lumber Company

Cut Bank

  • Glacier Production Corp
  • Union Oil Company

Deer Lodge

  • Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul & Pacific Railroad

East Helena

  • American Smelting & Refining
  • Asarco Inc

Forsyth

  • Forsyth Elect Light Power Company

Frenchtown

  • Stone Container Corporation

Geismar

  • Geismar Industries Inc

Glasgow

  • Airbase Powerhouse
  • Glasgow Air Force Base
  • US Air Force

Glendive

  • Glendive Ht. Light and Power Company
  • Montana-Dakota Utilities Company
  • Northern Pacific Railroad Company

Great Falls

  • Boston and Montana Con. Copper and Silver Ming Company
  • Copper and Silver Mining Company
  • Forzley Sales Company
  • General Mills
  • Montana Refining
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • United States Army Air Base

Heath

  • United States Gypsum Company

Helena

  • Helena Power Transmission Company
  • Helena Transmission Company
  • National Mining and Exploring Company
  • Western Ranch Supply Company

Kalispell

  • Brick & Builders Supply
  • C and C Plywood Corp

Kaltspell

  • Brick & Builders Supply

Laurel

  • Cenex Harvest States
  • Cenex Refinery
  • Farmers Union Central Exchange
  • Farmer's Union Co-Op Oil
  • Fuce Plant
  • Laurel Oil and Refining Company
  • Union Tank Car Company

Libby

  • J Neil Lumber Company
  • Libby Mines
  • Saint Regis Paper Company

Livingstone

  • Northern Pacific Railway Company

Miles City

  • Water and Electric Light Company

Montana City

  • Kaiser Cement & Gypsum

Mullan Tunnel

  • Northern Pacific Railway Company

Out Bank

  • Union Oil Company

Philipsburg

  • Granite Bi Metalic Cons Mg. Company

Plains

  • Diehl Lumber Company

Polson

  • Cascades Plywood Company
  • Dupois Lumber Company

Red Lodge

  • Northwestern Improvement Company

Sidney

  • Holly Sugar Corporation
  • Lewis & Clark Power Plant
  • Midland Sugar Company
  • Montana-Dakota Utilities
  • Sidney Montana Powerhouse

Silver Bow

  • Stauffer Chemical Company

Silver Lake

  • Anaconda Copper Ming Company

Sunburst

  • Texaco, Inc.

Thompson Falls

  • Pack River Lumber Company

Three Forks

  • Cyprus Industrial Minerals Company
  • Sierra Talc and Clay Company Inc
  • United Sierra Div Cyprus Mines Corp

Troy

  • J. Neils Lumber Company

Warm Springs

  • Montana State Hospital
  • Warm Springs State Hospital

Washoe

  • Montana Coal and Iron Company

Whitehall

  • Amalgamated Sugar Company

Wicks

  • Alta Montana Company

Sources

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

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.

Curwood, Steve. "Libby, Montana." Living On Earth. Radio broadcast, 17 August 2007.

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