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Powerhouse Workers were Exposed to Asbestos on the Job

Until the middle of the 1970's, when health risks associated with asbestos exposure became more widely publicized, asbestos insulation was the primary form of insulation used in Powerhouse environments. This is because enormous levels of heat were generated on a continual basis and asbestos insulation was inexpensive and easy to work with. Asbestos was used to insulate steam pipes, pumps, condensers, turbines and boilers produced by Babcock-Wilcox and Foster-Wheeler to name a few. Boiler rooms were also often fire-proofed with asbestos tiles and asbestos paper.

Working with asbestos products themselves or just being in an area where asbestos insulation products were used frequently put powerhouse workers at risk. This is because tiny fragments of the asbestos product would easily become airborne during the cutting, sanding and grinding that took place during maintenance procedures, making powerhouse workers susceptible to breathing in the dangerous fibers. Because maintenance was routinely performed throughout the powerhouse, all workers were placed at significant risk. Also because powerhouse employees would unknowingly carry home asbestos dust and fibers on their clothing, their family members were also at risk for receiving second hand asbestos exposure.

Powerhouses Across the United States Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

We have compiled a list of the major Power Plants across the country where our clients have been exposed to asbestos. People who worked at these power plants may be at risk to develop asbestos diseases including malignant mesothelioma and asbestos cancer.


  • Barry Steam Plant
  • Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant
  • Childersburg Power Plant
  • Colbert Steam Plant
  • Farley Nuclear Power Plant
  • Gaston Power Plant
  • Gorgas Power Plant
  • Greene County Steam Plant
  • Miller Steam Plant
  • Widows Creek Power Plant


  • Aurora Power
  • Beluga Power Station
  • Bernice Lake Powerhouse
  • Chugach Power Plant
  • Elmondorf Air Force Base - Powerhouse
  • Golden Valley Electric Power Plant
  • Matanuska Electric Association
  • University of Alaska - Power Plant


  • Childs-Irving Power Plant
  • Cholla Power Plant
  • Ocotilla Power Plant
  • Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Plant
  • Saguaro Power Plant
  • West Phoenix Power Plant
  • Yucca Power Plant


  • Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp
  • Arkansas Nuclear One Generating Station
  • Carl E. Bailey Generating Station
  • Flint Creek Power Plant
  • Independence Steam Station
  • John L. McClellan Generating Station


  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Power Plant
  • San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
  • Southern California Edison


  • Arapahoe Power Plant
  • Cameo Power Plant
  • Cherokee Power Station
  • Comanche Powerhouse
  • Craig Power Station
  • Fort St. Vrain Generating Station
  • Hayden Power Plant
  • Martin Drake Power Plant
  • Nucla Power Station
  • Pawnee Power Plant
  • Rawhide Energy Station
  • Ray D. Nixon Power Plant
  • Valmont Powerhouse
  • Zuni Power Plant


  • Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power
  • Millstone Nuclear Power Plant


  • Anclote Power Plant
  • Bartow Power Plant
  • Big Bend Powerhouse
  • Cape C. Fort Pierce Municipal Power Plant
  • Cape Canaveral Power Plant
  • Crist Power Plant
  • Crystal River Nuclear Plant
  • Fort Myers Power Plant
  • Gannon/Culbreath Power Plant
  • Hookers Power Plant
  • Sholz Power Plant
  • Smith Power Plant
  • St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant
  • Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant


  • Bowen Power Plant
  • Kraft Power Plant
  • Scherer Power Plant
  • Vogtle Power Plant


  • Baldwin Power Plant
  • Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant
  • Clinton Power Station
  • Dresden Nuclear Power Plant
  • LaSalle Generating Station
  • Quad Cities
  • Zion Nuclear Power Station


  • Cayuga Power Plant
  • F.B. Culley Generating Station
  • R. Gallagher Generating Station
  • Tanner's Creek
  • Wabash River Power Plant


  • Duane Arnold Nuclear Powerhouse
  • Iowa Power and Light
  • Sioux City Coal and Gas
  • Tipton Power Plant
  • Wolf Creek Generating Station


  • Paradise Steam Plant


  • Cajun Electric
  • Little Gypsy Power Plant
  • R.S. Nelson Station Powerhouse
  • River Bend Power Plant
  • Waterford Nuclear Power Plant


  • Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant


  • Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant


  • Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant
  • Sithe Mystic Station Power Plant


  • Enrico Fermi Powerhouse
  • Palisades Nuclear Power Plant


  • Big Stone Lake Plant
  • Hoot Lake Power Plant
  • Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
  • Prairie Island


  • Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant


  • Callaway Nuclear Power Plant


  • Colstrip Power Plant
  • J.E. Corrette Steam Plant
  • Lewis & Clark Power Plant
  • Missoula Electric Cooperative
  • Montana Power Company


  • Canaday Station
  • Cooper Nuclear Power Plant
  • Cuming County Public Power
  • Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant
  • Gerald Gentleman Station
  • Hallam Nuclear Power Facility
  • Omaha Public Power
  • Sheldon Station


  • Beowawe Power Plant
  • Brady Power Plant
  • Clark Station
  • Desert Peak Power Plant
  • Dixie Valley Power Plant
  • Empire Farms Power Plant
  • Fort Churchill Generating Station
  • Pinon Pine Power Plant
  • Reid Gardner Station
  • Soda Lake I & II
  • Steamboat Power Plants
  • Tracy Generating Station
  • Valmy Generating Station
  • Wabuska

New Hampshire

  • Dover Gas Plant
  • Exeter Gas Plant
  • Merrimack Station Powerhouse
  • Newington Power Plant
  • Schiller Station Powerhouse
  • Seabrook Nuclear Power Station

New Jersey

  • Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant
  • Oyster Creek
  • Salem Nuclear Power Plant

New Mexico

  • Four Corners Powerhouse
  • United Nuclear Corporation

New York

  • Arthur Kill Powerhouse
  • Astoria Powerhouse
  • Caithness Power Plant
  • Charles Poletti Power Project
  • Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant
  • Flynn Power Plant
  • Ginna Nuclear Plant
  • Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
  • Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant 2
  • Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station

North Carolina

  • Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant
  • McGuire Nuclear Power Plant
  • Shearon Harris Generating Station

North Dakota

  • Coyote Power Station


  • Beckjord Power Plant
  • Cardinal Power Plant
  • Conesville Power Plant
  • Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant
  • Muskingum Power Station
  • Perry Nuclear Power Plant
  • Sammis Power Station


  • Ponca City Municipal Electric System


  • Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant
  • Susquehanna Power Station
  • Three Mile Island

South Carolina

  • Catawba Nuclear Plant


  • Alliant Energy

Powerhouse Workers are Prone to Developing Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and Asbestosis

As mentioned above, asbestos exposure became linked with the development of asbestos-related diseases during the middle of the 1970's. Powerhouse workers who sustained prolonged exposure to asbestos were frequently diagnosed with one of the three main asbestos-related diseases: mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

Author: Tara Strand

Senior Content Writer

Tara Strand

Reviewer: Jennifer R. Lucarelli

Lawyer for Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families

Jennifer R. Lucarelli
Mesothelioma Resource Guide

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