Nevada Asbestos Exposure
There are no naturally-occurring asbestos deposits in the state of Nevada; neither have there ever been asbestos industries. There are however over a dozen power generation plants, where workers have been exposed to friable asbestos fibers. Power plant workers should seek legal counsel from a mesothelioma lawyer as they may have been negligently exposed to asbestos.
Nevada Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Nevada where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Nevada 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.
Power Plants and Asbestos
Asbestos has been used for over half a century not only as a flame retardant but as an electrical insulator. Wiring and panel partitions as well as electrical cloth all contained significant amounts of asbestos material; asbestos was used to insulate electrical conduits, and much of the building itself – such as plaster, drywall, and cement – was made with asbestos fibers.
Power plant workers were identified as a high-risk group for asbestos disease when in 2003, doctors in Puerto Rico examined the chest x-rays from a large group of power plant employees. Thirteen percent of these x-rays showed signs of asbestos disease even when tobacco use was factored out.
More Asbestos Jobsites
Although there are few old or historic buildings in the densely-populated Clark County (Las Vegas) area, asbestos building materials were used extensively in building construction up through the 1980s. Because of this, asbestos disease disproportionately affects construction workers for this reason. One asbestos site was the Concord State Hospital, where asbestos insulation was used throughout the building.
Foreland is an oil refinery located in Tonopah. There is actually a small source of petroleum in this part of Nevada, which is used to make diesel fuel. According to Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, oil industry workers are among those at greatest risk for asbestos disease. Because petroleum is highly flammable even in its crude form, substantial amounts of asbestos have been used throughout the construction of oil refineries.
Of the 154 asbestos-related deaths in Nevada during the last twenty years of the last century, most were mesothelioma victims living in the metropolitan areas of Clark County-Las Vegas Metro and Washoe County (Reno). Only two such fatalities were recorded outside these regions. Residents from all counties should seek medical attention if they believe they have been exposed to asbestos.
Other Nevada 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.
- Beowawe Power Plant
- Foreland Refining
- Brady Power Plant
- Laughlin Air Force Base
- Mojave Generating Station
- Southern California Edison Company
- Atomic Energy Commission
- Atomic Test Site
- Catalytic Construction
- Reynolds Electric
- Nevada Power Company
- Reid Gardner Power Plant
- Reid Gardner Station
- Basic Magnesium, Inc.
- Defense Plant Corporation
- Manganese Ore Corp
- Nugget Casino
- Owens Corning Fiberglas
- Sierra Pacific Power Company
- Southern Pacific Company
- Wells Cargo Inc
- Valmy Generating Station
- Fort Churchill Generating Station
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Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Nevada.” 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).