Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska with a population of over 35,000. During the gold rush, Fairbanks was incorporated on November 10, 1903. Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and it is the oldest college in Alaska. Mining, tourism, the oil pipeline and lumbering are all vital to Fairbank's economy. Fairbanks is also an important trading, transportation and military center, including Fort Wainwright Army Post and Eielson Air Force Base. During World War II two U.S. military bases, Ladd Field and Eielson Air Force Base, were built in the Fairbanks region.
Gold was discovered here in the 1900s and by the 1930s the construction of the Alaska Railroad brought another boom to Fairbanks. In 1977, the largest growth was seen with the construction of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Fairbanks and other Alaska officials are planning an 800-mile natural gas pipeline, which would run from the North Slope to a liquefied natural gas plant. This natural gas pipeline is to be developed to export natural gas to the rest of North America.
Fairbank's electricity is provided by Golden Valley Electric Association. Golden Valley Electric Power Plant had to shut down their Healy plant in 2000 due to hazardous conditions which included asbestos. Asbestos exposure at a Fairbanks’s power station can lead to the development of mesothelioma.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Fairbanks
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Fairbanks where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- 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
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Fairbanks, 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.