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Asbestos and Mesothelioma in Alaska

Alaska

Alaska is home to many volcanoes and earthquakes. This also makes it a place where asbestos commonly occurs in nature. Asbestos, which causes asbestos cancer, is found throughout the state, including:

  • Four spots in the Panhandle region, including two around Juneau and Ketchikan, populated areas in this mostly low-population density state
  • Along the Yukon River in the Eastern central part of the state
  • In and around Kubuk Valley National Park
  • The peninsula tip separating Bristol Bay from Kuskokwim Bay
  • The area around Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, within the area defined by State Routes 1, 2, and 3.

Glennallen, Alaska, located in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park area of the state, had a building that had crumbling asbestos in it. Although the public was presumably notified of the danger, the building was broken into four times by vandals. The town responded by removing, or abating, the asbestos and demolishing the building in order to protect trespassers from mesothelioma. The Department of Fish and Game in Alaska requested state funding for this cleanup, rather than the expected Alaska State Department of Health or Environmental Quality.

Asbestos Exposure in Alaskan Industries

Several industrial and community sites in Alaska have had asbestos issues. They include:

  • Pulp mills
  • Marine repair facilities
  • Seafood processing plants
  • Power generation plants
  • The facilities of four oil companies’, including ARCO, Tesoro and Williams Alaska Petroleum
  • Schools

A 2001 EPA news release relates that the manager of Great Pacific Seafoods, Inc. inappropriately removed asbestos from a facility prior to selling it to the Alaska DOT, and by doing so broke laws in the Clean Air Act. The company paid a $500,000 fine, and the manager was served with a one-year prison sentence and a $100,000 fine.

Alaska laws that deal with asbestos are found in Alaska Statues, Title 18, Chapter 31. They stipulate that public school officials must have buildings inspected and keep records of such, then notify affected parties if asbestos is present, and arrange for as well as monitor abatement projects.

Alaska Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

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

If someone you know has ever worked at one of these Alaska work sites 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 to develop malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer).

Adak

  • United States Naval Air Facilities

Berners Bay

  • Jualin Mines Company

Bernice Lake

  • Bernice Lake Gas Turbine
  • General Electric - Turbine

Bethel

  • Northern Consolidated Hangar

Briar

  • Dierks Forests

Chatham

  • New England Fish Company

Clear

  • Mallow Construction Company

College

  • University of Alaska

Dawson City Klondike

  • E C Andrews

Drift River

  • Ballasting Area
  • Process Piping
  • Procur Piping

El Dorado

  • American Oil Company

Fairbanks

  • Aurora Energy
  • City of Fairbanks Power Plant
  • College Station
  • Eielson Air Force Base
  • Fairbanks Exploration Company
  • Fairbanks Municipal Power
  • Fairbanks Public Utilities
  • Fort Wainwright - Manholes
  • Golden Valley Electric Power Plant
  • Ladd Air Force Base
  • Municipal Ulitities System
  • Sea Land - Fairbanks Alaska
  • U.S. Smelting & Refining & Mining Company
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Alaska - Power Plant
  • US Air Force, Eielson AFB
  • US Air Force, Ladd AFB
  • War Department. Cold Weather Exp Air Base

Fort Greeley

  • Alaska Insulation

Fort Richardson

  • Fort Richardson
  • Industsrial Refrigeration & Association

Fort Wainwright

  • Fort Wainnright

Galena

  • Galena Radar Base

Helena

  • Helena Gas and Electric Company

Hope

  • Hope Brick Works

Initarod

  • Yukon Gold Company

Jonesburg

  • Arkansas Glass Container Corporation

Jonnesville

  • Evans Jones Coal Company

Juneau

  • Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company
  • Jualin Mines Company
  • Juneau Hospital

Kenai

  • Collier Carbon & Chemical Company
  • Locher Company
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Shell Oil
  • Shell Oil - On Shore Facility
  • Shell Oil - Platform A
  • Standard Oil
  • Tesoro Alaska Company
  • Union Carbide
  • Union Collier
  • Union Oil Company - Mono Pod
  • Unocal Chemicals Division

Ketchikan

  • Ac & S Inc
  • Ketchikan Hospital
  • Ketchikan Pulp
  • Ketchikan Pulp and Paper Corp
  • Ketchikan Pulp Company
  • Ketchikan Pulp Mill
  • Ketchikan Spruce Mills

Kodiak

  • Kodiak Naval Station
  • Siems Drake Puget Sound
  • United States Submarine Base
  • Us Naval Air Base

Madison

  • A P De Nange Lumber

Malvern

  • Acme Brick Company

Morrilton

  • Arkansas Cotton Mill Inc
  • Green Bay Packaging

Naknek

  • Nelbro Packing Company

Nikiski

  • Bernice Lake Powerhouse
  • Standard Oil
  • Union Oil Company

Nome

  • Nome Mining Company
  • R L Lawler Inc

North Pole

  • Williams Alaska Petroleum

Opelika

  • U.S. Rubber Company

Palmer

  • Matanuska Electric Association

Pine Bluff

  • Pine Bluff Col
  • Stangard Brake Shoe &

Port Nikiski

  • Union Oil Company

Prudhoe Bay

  • Arco Chemical Company
  • British Petroleum, Flow Station

Seward

  • Seward Marine industrial Center
  • Seward Ship's Drydock

Shemya

  • US Air Force, Shemoya AFB
  • Water Jacket Insulation #2

Sitka

  • Alaska Lumber & Pulp Company
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • United States Naval Air Base

Skagway

  • Home Power Company
  • Northwest Light and Power Company

Spenard

  • Alaska Steamship Company
  • Chugach Electric
  • Chugach Electric - Gas Turbine
  • Mallow Construction Company, Alaska Freight Lines, 111 26th Ave.

Suntrana

  • Healy River Coal Corp

Treadwell

  • Alaska Treadwell Gold Mining Company

Truman

  • Poinsett Lumber and ManufacturingCompany

Unalaska

  • Us Naval Air Base

Valdez

  • Alaska Pipeline Service Company
  • Central Heating Plant
  • Petro Star Company
  • Standard Oil
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers

Ward Cove

  • Ketchikan Pulp and Paper Corp

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Alaska

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Alaska, 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, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Sources

Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Environmental Cleanup, Fiscal Year 2003 Request, Ref. No. 35810.

Alaska Statutes, Title 18, Chapter 31: "Asbestos."

Environmental Protection Agency. "Washington Company, Manager Admit Illegal Asbestos Removal in Alaska." Environmental Protection Agency, 22 February 2001.

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).

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