West Virginia Asbestos Exposure

West Virginia

The jurisdiction of Charleston, West Virginia is considered a “judicial hellhole” - meaning that when it comes to tort litigation between plaintiffs who are the victim of corporate malfeasance and corporate defendants, chances are good that the court will side with the plaintiff.

Considering how corporations have behaved in the most impoverished state in the Union, it should come as no surprise.

Industries

Coal mining and some limited oil drilling continue to form the basis of West Virginia's economy, although the latter has yet to produce any real results. There are nonetheless two major oil refineries in West Virginia, and a British study of petroleum workers demonstrated that such workers are substantially more likely to contract asbestos disease. West Virginia is also home to several chemical plants as well as a number of power generation facilities. Dangerous amphibole asbestos was frequently employed at such facilities, due to its superior resistance to electrical current as well as caustic and corrosive chemicals.

Ironically, the Morgantown Medical Research Center has also been identified as having asbestos issues. The reason is that that prior to 1980, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used in almost every kind of building material. ACMs were used to insulate water pipes, HVAC ductwork, boilers and electrical conduits in a wide variety of public buildings, including hospitals. Workers who have been negligently exposed should seek legal counsel from a mesothelioma lawyer.

Industrial Hazards

Generally, one will find ACMs nearly anywhere that fire, electrical or chemical hazards exist. Laboratory countertops, electrical machinery in insulation, and even protective clothing contained asbestos prior to the early 1980s.

Some asbestos products such as insulation may be “safe” for a time. Eventually however, it becomes “friable.” In this state, ACMs are crumbling into dust, releasing millions of asbestos fibers into the environments. According to several medical studies around the world, power plants and oil refineries are among the most hazardous industrial jobsites for asbestos. Those who have been exposed to asbestos should seek medical attention at any of the mesothelioma clinics in their area.

Statistics

Between 1980 and 2000 the overall population of West Virginia declined by 140,000 to 1.8 million. 594 of those who left the state also left the world, dying from mesothelioma or asbestosis. Most of these were in the Charleston metro area; 25% lived in Kanawha County, where the vast majority succumbed to the latter disease – despite the fact that asbestosis is not invariably fatal, and that with proper treatment, patients are able to manage the disease for many years.

Other West Virginia 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.

Albright

  • Albright Power Station
  • Monongahela Power Company
  • Potomac Edison

Alloy

  • Electro Metallurgical Company
  • Elkem Metals
  • Union Carbide
  • West Virginia Hydro Electric Company

Apple Grove

  • Apple Grove Pulp Company
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Point Pleasant Plant
  • Shell Chemical Company

Beckley

  • Beckley Armory
  • Beckley National Bank
  • Pinecrest Hospital
  • United Mine Workers Hospital
  • V. A. Hospital
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Beech Bottom

  • American Gas and Electric Company
  • Beech Bottom Power Company, Inc.
  • Ohio Power Company
  • Wheeling Pittsburg Steel

Belle

  • Belle Alkali Company
  • Belle Works
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • E.I.Dupont Denemours
  • Sharples Solvents Corporation
  • Union Boiler

Benwood

  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
  • Benwood Iron Works
  • Boston & Ohio Railroad
  • Wheeling Coke Ovens
  • Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel
  • Wheeling Steel and Iron Company
  • Wheeling Steel Corporation

Bluefield

  • Bluefield Ice & Coal Company
  • Bluefield Water Works
  • Bluestone Tract'N Company
  • Coppinger Machinery
  • East River Electric Company
  • Norfolk and Western Railway Company

Buckhannon

  • Buckhannon Light and Water Company
  • Corhart Cement Company
  • Corhart Refractories Company
  • J. F. Pritchard & Company
  • Moore's Business Forms

Cabin Creek

  • Aep Cabin Creek Power Station
  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Appalachian Power and Light. Company
  • Cabin Creek Power Plant
  • Hope Natural Gas Company
  • Pure Oil Company

Charleston

  • A & I Company
  • Acands, Inc.
  • Agsten
  • Allied Services Incorporated
  • Amherst Industries, Inc.
  • Ap Green F B Company of Ohio
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Ashland Oil & Refinery Company
  • Atlas Storage Warehouse
  • Baldwin Supply Company
  • Barium Reduction Corp
  • C&P Telephone Building
  • Camc General
  • Carbide & Carbon Chemical
  • Carbide Maintenance
  • Charleston Area Medical Center
  • Charleston General Hospital
  • Charleston Memorial Hospital
  • Charleston National Plaza
  • Columbia Gas Company
  • Columbia Gas Transmission Corp
  • Cultural Center
  • Daniel Boone Hotel
  • Dougherty Company, Inc
  • Duekto Comm. Center Fault
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
  • Evans Supermarket
  • Farm Bureau Siding
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Furnace Engineering Corp
  • Gallipolis State Hospital
  • Goodrich Gulf Chemical Company Institute
  • Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital
  • International Nickel Company
  • John Amos Powerhouse
  • Kanawa Water and Light Company
  • Kentucky Utilities Company
  • Libbey-Owens Ford Glass Company
  • Libby Owens Ford
  • Monongahela Power Company
  • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Nl Industries, Inc.
  • Ohio Power Company
  • Owens Illinois Glass Company
  • Port Amherst
  • Raleigh Junk Company
  • True Temper Corporation
  • Union Carbide Chemical Company
  • United Engineering & Foundry Company
  • United States Naval Ordnance Plant
  • West Elementary School
  • West Virginia Power Company
  • West Virginia Statehouse
  • West Virginia Water and Electric Company
  • Westvaco & Food Machinery Corporation
  • Westvaco Chemical Div.
  • Westvaco Chlor Alkalai
  • Wesvaco Chlorine Products Corporation

Chester

  • American Tin Plate Company
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Chester Rolling Mill Company
  • Chester Works
  • Koppers Company, Inc.
  • Taylor Smith & Taylor

Clarksburg

  • Anchor Hocking Glass
  • Bcng Transmission Corp
  • Boston & Ohio Railroad
  • Brockway Glass Company
  • Carnation Company
  • Centurial Products
  • Clarksburg Baptist Church
  • Clarksburg Electric Light Company
  • Continental Can Company
  • Equitable Gas Company
  • Equitable Resources, Inc.
  • Fourco Glass
  • Goff Office Building
  • Harvey Industries
  • Hazel Atlas Glass
  • Hope Natural Gas Company
  • Hornor Brothers Engineers
  • National Carbon Company
  • Owens Bottle Company
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation
  • Phillips Sheet and Tin Plate Company
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company
  • Reserve Gas Company
  • Stuart-Mcmunn Company
  • Union Carbide & Chemicals
  • Union Protestant Hospital
  • Veterans Administation
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Waterworks
  • Weirton Steel Company

Cresap

  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Appalachian Power Company Mit
  • Captina Operating Company
  • Consolidation Coal Company
  • Cresap Powerhouse
  • Kammer Plant
  • Mitchell Powerhouse
  • Ohio Power Company

Dunbar

  • Acands, Inc.
  • Ap Green Refractories of Ohio
  • Armstrong Cork Company
  • Dunbar Glass
  • Dunbar Tire and Rubber Company
  • Port Amherst
  • Union Carbide Chemical Company

Elkins

  • Allegheny Veener Plant
  • Barnard & Wetzek Block Company
  • C & P Telephone Company
  • Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company - New Dial Building
  • Elkins Hospital

Fairmont

  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
  • Boston and Ohio Railroad Company
  • City Water Works
  • Consolidation Coal Company
  • Fairmont Aluminum Plant
  • Fairmont and Clarksburg Traction Company
  • Fairmont General Hospital
  • Monogahela Power Company
  • Monongah Glass Company
  • New England Engineering Company
  • Owens Illinois Glass Company
  • Pence Hall Fairmont State College
  • Sharon Steel
  • Western Electric Company
  • Westinghouse Electric

Follansbee

  • American Tar Products Company
  • Follansbee Brothers Company
  • Kippers Products Company
  • Koppers Company, Inc.
  • La Belle Iron Works
  • Steubenville Plant
  • Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel
  • Wheeling Steel Corporation

Gary

  • Alpheus Preparation Plant
  • Char. Iron Gary Mdowell Company
  • Olga Coal Company
  • P.P. Gary Station
  • U S Steel Corp
  • United States Coal and Coke Company
  • United States Steel Mining Company
  • Welch, Mcdowell Company

Glasgow

  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Appalachian Electric Power Company - Kanawha River Plant
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Glasgow Powerhouse
  • Kanawha River Plant

Graham Station

  • American Gas and Electric
  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Ohio Power Company
  • Ohio Power Company Appalachian Power
  • Phillip Sporn Plant

Grant Town

  • East. Assoc. Goal
  • Eastern Gas & Fuel Association
  • Federal Coal and Coke Company
  • Seneca Coal Corporation

Hinton

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company
  • Hinton Sanitary Board
  • Hinton Water Light and Supply Company
  • Sanitary Board
  • Wv Water Company

Huntington

  • Ace Industries
  • American Car Foundry
  • Asbestos Service Company
  • C & O Railroad
  • Camden Inter State Railway Company
  • Chas. Boldt Glass Company
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company
  • Connors Steel
  • Consolidated Light Heat and Power Company
  • Csx Railroad
  • Csx Transportation
  • Danco Incorporated
  • Enterprise-Black Diamond Corporation
  • Fesemier Packing Company
  • Houdaille Hershey Corp
  • Huntington Auto Supply Machine Shop
  • Huntington Pipe Incorporated
  • Huntington State Hospital
  • Huntington Water Company
  • Inco Alloys International
  • International Nickel Company
  • J.M. Mccoach and Company
  • Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp
  • Locke Manufacturing Company
  • Martin Steel
  • Mccorkle Machine
  • Morehead State College
  • Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.
  • Owens Bottle Company
  • Owens Brockway
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation
  • Owens Illinois Glass Company
  • Owens-Illinois, Inc.
  • Panasote Plant
  • Standard Ultramarine Company
  • Steel of West Virginia
  • West Siding

Institute

  • B. F. Goodrich
  • Carbide and Carbon Chemical Corp
  • Dupont
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Goodrich Gulf Chemicals Inc
  • Institute West Virginia Plant
  • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Union Carbide & Carbon Chemical Corporation

Kenova

  • Aristech
  • Ashland Oil
  • Consolidated Light, Heat and Power Company
  • Jefferey De Whitt Escalator Plant
  • Jeffery Dewitt Insulator Company
  • Novamount
  • Ohio Transmission & Pump
  • Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company

Logan

  • Am. Gas and Electric Company
  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Aracoma Hotel Company
  • Kentucky and W Va Power Company
  • Logan Board of Education
  • Logan County Animal Shelter
  • Logan County Courthouse
  • Logan County Light and Power Company
  • Logan Planning Mill
  • Office of The County Administrator

Long Reach

  • Linde Air Products Company
  • Salt Mine
  • Union Carbide

Maidsville

  • Allegheny Energy Supply Company
  • Fort Martin Power Station
  • Monongahela Power Company
  • Valley Camp Coal Company
  • West Penn Power Company

Martinsburg

  • Capital Cement Company
  • Continental Clay Products Company
  • Corning Glass Works
  • Interwoven Mills Inc
  • Martin Marietta Cement Company
  • Martinsburg Gas Company
  • Standard Lime & Cement Company
  • Western Electric Company, Inc.
  • Wheeling Pittsburg Steel

Morgantown

  • Amer Sheet and Tin Plate Company
  • Bureau of Mines
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
  • First National Bank
  • Fort Martin Power Plant
  • Hayden Chemical Company
  • Heyden Matheson
  • Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Medical Center
  • Mississippi Glass Company
  • Monongalia County City Garage
  • Morgantown Electric and Tract. Company
  • Morgantown Energy Association
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical
  • Ordnance Works Disposal Areas
  • Pace Work Shop
  • Post Office & Federal Office Building
  • Sterling Faucet
  • Sterling Tubular Prod. Company
  • U. S. Bureau of Mines
  • U. S. Department of Interior
  • Union Utilities Company
  • University of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Plate Glass Company
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia University Medical Center

Moundsville

  • AEP
  • Allied Chemical & Dye Corp
  • Allied Chemical Company
  • Analine Chemical
  • Ben Franklin Coal Company
  • Cabot Carbon Black
  • Consolidation Coal Company - Coal Gasoline Plant
  • Fostoria Glass Company
  • Kammer Plant
  • Kammer Powerhouse
  • Mitchell Generating Station/ Ohio Power
  • Moundsville Power Plant
  • National Analine
  • Ohio Power Company
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass
  • Power Plant
  • Semet-Solvay Company
  • Solvay Chemical Company
  • Solvay Process Div
  • Solvay Process Div Allied Chemical and Dye Corp
  • St. Joseph Lead Works
  • United Zinc Smelting Corporation

Mount Storm

  • Mount Storm Power Company
  • Mount Storm Station
  • Mt. Storm Powerhouse
  • Stone & Webster Engineering Corp
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company
  • Virginia Power & Light

Natrium

  • Columbia Southern Chemical
  • Linde Air Products Company
  • Moray Chemical Corporation
  • Natrium Plant
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company

New Haven

  • Aep Graham's Power Station
  • American Alloys
  • American Electric Power
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Central Operating Company
  • Foote Mineral
  • Mountaineer Power Plant
  • New Haven Power Plant
  • Philip Sporn Generating Station
  • Phillip Sporn Power Plant

New Martinsville

  • Bayer Corporation
  • Central Valley Insulation Company
  • Centurial Products
  • Columbia Southern Chemical Company
  • L Air Liquide
  • Magnolia High School
  • Mitchell Generating Station/ Ohio Power
  • Mobay Chemical Company
  • Pierce Electric
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Chemical Div
  • United States War Department
  • Viking Glass Company

Newell

  • Ergon - West Virginia
  • Koppers Company, Inc.
  • Ohio Brass Company
  • Quaker State Corporation

Nitro

  • Allied Chemical Company
  • American Viscose Corporation
  • Avtex Fibers
  • Charleston Paper Manufacturing Company
  • Fike Chemical
  • Fmc Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Chemical Div Allied Chemical and Dye Corporation
  • Great Lakes Chemical Corporation
  • Monsanto
  • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Monsanto Plant
  • Plant C
  • Powder Plant
  • Roberts Chemical, Inc.
  • Southern Dyestuffs Company
  • Tall Oil Plant
  • Union Boiler Repair Fabrication & Erection Company, Inc
  • Viscoe
  • West Virginia Water Works

Parkersburg

  • Acme Fishing Tool Company
  • American Viscose Corporation
  • Ames Baldwin Wyoming Company
  • Ap Green Refractories Company
  • Avtex Fibers Inc
  • Brockway Glass Company
  • Calco Chemical Div
  • Citizens Building Supply
  • Corning Glass Company
  • Dupont Chemical
  • Dupont Washinton Bottom
  • E I Dupont De Nemours Company
  • Federal Building
  • Fmc Corp
  • Kanawha Traction and Electric Company
  • Keene Corporation
  • Libbey-Owens Ford Glass Company
  • Monongahela Valley Traction Company
  • Parkersburg Gas Electric Light and St. Railway
  • Parkersburg High School
  • Parkersburg Iron and Steel Company
  • Parkersburg Water Works
  • Union Carbide & Chemicals
  • Viking Glass Company
  • Washington Works

Point Pleasant

  • Marietta Manufacturing Company
  • Pantasote Company
  • Point Pleasant Armory
  • Wv Malleable Iron

Ravenswood

  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
  • Ravenswood Aluminum

Rivesville

  • Allegheny Energy
  • Monongahela Power and Railway Company
  • Monongahela West Penn Public Service Company
  • Mountaineer Coal Company
  • Rivesville Generating Station/ Monongahela Power
  • Rivesville Power Plant

Saint Marys

  • American Cyanamid
  • Mobay Chemical
  • Monongahela Power Company
  • Quaker State Corporation
  • Quaker State Oil Refining Company

Scary

  • Appalachian Power Company
  • John Amos Power House
  • Ohio Power Company

Sistersville

  • Sistersville Tank Works, Inc.
  • Ucc
  • Union Carbide Corp
  • Wetzel Tyler Street Railway Company

South Charleston

  • A & I Company
  • Allied Chemical
  • Carbide and Carbon Chemicals
  • Carbide Developement Center
  • Chlor Allied Division
  • Fmc Corporation
  • Food Machinery & Chemicl Corporation
  • H.J. Thomas Memorial Hospital
  • Naval Ordnance Plant
  • Pmc Corp
  • Radium Reduction Company
  • Rollin Chemical Company Inc.
  • Southeastern Construction Company
  • Tech Research Ctr Olefins Lab
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital
  • Union Carbide & Carbon Chemical Corporation
  • Union Carbide Chemical Corporation
  • Union Carbide Institute
  • Union Carbide Tech. Center Chemical Plant
  • Volkswagon Plant
  • West Vaco Chlorine Alkali Divison
  • West Virginia Paper Company Chemical Corporation
  • West Virginia Paper Company Chlorine Products
  • Westvaco Chlorine Prod Corp

Spring Hill

  • A & I Company
  • Ashland Oil Inc
  • Fmc Corp
  • Girdler Corp
  • Hastings Company
  • Kentucky Power Louisa
  • Mansanto Chemical Company
  • Ohio Power Company
  • Ohio Valley Insulating Company Inc
  • Parkside
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Union Carbide Plastics

Vienna

  • Keene Corp
  • National Bottle
  • Owens Illinois Glass
  • Universal Glass

Washington

  • Carborundum Metals Company
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
  • Saint-Gobain Advanced Ceramics Corporation
  • Washington Works

Weirton

  • Continental Can
  • Koppers Company, Inc.
  • National Steel
  • Phillips Sheet and Tin Plate Company
  • Strip Steel Department
  • Weir Cove Moving & Storage Company
  • Weirton General Hospital
  • Weirton National Steel
  • Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel

Wellsburg

  • Banner Fibreboard Company
  • George Sherrard Paper Manufacturing Company
  • Hudson Paper Company
  • International Paper and Power Company
  • West Penn Power Company

Weston

  • Colonial Glass
  • Louis Glass Company
  • Sun Lumber Company
  • W Va Hospital For Insane
  • West Virginia Glass
  • West Virginia Hospital For The Insane
  • Weston State Hospital

Wheeling

  • American Sheet and Tin Plate Company
  • Amstan Corporation
  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
  • Belmont Works
  • Blaw Knox Centre Foundry
  • Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company
  • Boston and Ohio Railroad
  • Char and Iron Whitaker Glessner Company
  • Consolidation Coal Company
  • Continental Foundry & Machine Company
  • Garvin's Jersey Farms, Inc.
  • J.L. Stifel and Sons Inc.
  • La Belle Iron Works
  • Laughlin Nail Company
  • National Tube Company Riverside Department
  • New Sewage Disposal Plant
  • Paul O. Reymann Company
  • Pocahontas Tanning Company
  • Reymann Brewg Company
  • Riverside Iron Works
  • Semet Solvay Company
  • Steubenville and Wheeling Traction Company
  • T & L Supply, Inc.
  • Tyler Lube Company
  • Valley Camp Coal Company
  • West Va. Traction and Electric Company
  • Wheeling and Elm Grove Railroad Company
  • Wheeling College
  • Wheeling Corrugating Company
  • Wheeling Electrical Company
  • Wheeling Jesuit University, Inc.
  • Wheeling Railway Company
  • Wheeling Steel Works
  • Wheeling Traction. Company
  • Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation
  • Whitaker Glessner Company
  • Whitaker Iron Company
  • Wilson and Company

Willow Island

  • Allegheny Power Service Corporation
  • American Cyanimide Company
  • Calco Chemical Company
  • Cytec Industries Incorporated
  • Monongahela Power Company
  • Pleasants Powerhouse
  • Willow Island Powerhouse

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in West Virginia

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in West Virginia. 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.


Health Sciences Center
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506

Mesothelioma Doctors in West Virginia

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in West Virginia. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations and office locations.


St. Mary's Medical Center
St. Mary’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons
2828 First Avenue, Suite 200
Huntington, WV 25702


Marshall University Medical Center
University Surgical Associates
1600 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2500
Huntington, WV 25701

Filing an Asbestos Claim in West Virginia

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in West Virginia, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, fill out the form below for immediate help.


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Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in West Virginia.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2006.)

Sorahan, Tom. “Mortality of UK Oil Refinery and Petroleum Distribution Workers, 1951-2003.” Occupational Medicine 57, no. 3 (2007): 177-85.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

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June 29, 2016
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Ambler Pa.: Asbestos Capital of the World

“AMBLER, PA. – The chunks of crumbled concrete looked suspiciously fuzzy.That’s what Linda Reinstein thought on one June day last year as she toured the Superfund sites and abandoned asbestos factories in this small Pennsylvania borough with her friend and fellow mesothelioma widow Marilyn Amento. Based on her 12 years’ experience with asbestos, Reinstein thought the pieces of crumbled concrete looked “just off enough” to be sent to a lab for testing.”