Vermont Asbestos Exposure
Vermont was the home of America's first commercial asbestos mines; the Green Mountains contain an abundance of serpentine, which is the source is “white” chrysotile asbestos. This was by far the most common type of asbestos used commercially. In addition, there is at least one area of the state that contains amphibole asbestos, located in the northern part of the state near the Canadian border.
Vermont Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Vermont where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Vermont 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 Job Sites
Asbestos was used in many building materials before 1980. These materials included:
- transite (a type of wall board made from asbestos-reinforced concrete)
- roofing shingles
- linoleum flooring
- ceiling tiles
- “popcorn” ceiling texturing
- pipe lagging and insulation
- concrete water pipes
- vermiculite, a type of clay contaminated with tremolite asbestos used for insulation)
Because of this, asbestos is frequently found in private homes as well as public buildings such as schools, hospitals, and office buildings. Those who have been exposed to such materials should seek medical attention at any of the mesothelioma clinics in their area.
Power and Asbestos
Asbestos was used extensively in power generation plants, both as a flame retardant and as an insulator against heat and electrical current. Asbestos was used for electric wiring, panel partitions, and electrical cloth as well as the insulation used to pack electrical conduits and the buildings themselves. Workers who have been negligently exposed should seek legal counsel from a mesothelioma lawyer.
Both the Center for Health Statistics data and the results of a Puerto Rican research study show that electrical power facilities are quite hazardous when it comes to asbestos exposure. One such plant is the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, owned and operated by Entergy Nuclear since 2002.
During the 1980s and 1990s, there were a total of 75 deaths due to asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma, recorded in the state of Vermont out of a population of approximately 624,000.
Other Vermont 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.
- Fall Mountain Mill
- Green Mountain Paper
- International Paper Company
- White Mt Paper Company
- Wyman Flint and Sons
- Bennington Pottery Company
- Black Cat Textiles
- Board of Education
- Cooperative Design
- H E Bradford Company
- Consolidated Light and Power Company
- Consolidated Lighting. Company
- Corry Deavitt Frost Electric Company
- Montpelier and Barre Light and Power Company
- National Life Insurance Company
- Dial Exchange Building
- Gmc Infirmary
- Green Mountain College
- Howe Scale Company
- Rutland Hospital
- Vermont Electric Power Company Inc.
- Vermont Marble
- Air Route Surveillance Radar
- Central Vermont Railways
- Koffee & Teachout
- St. Albans Cooperative Creamery Company
- St. Albans Electric Light and Power Company
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