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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Arkansas

Arkansas

Due to the large number of oil company facilities, power and electric plants, asbestos exposure is possible in many areas throughout the state of Arkansas and is not just isolated to the areas of Hot Springs and Russellville where it is naturally found. Many workers who were employed at these facilities suffered asbestos exposure, with the highest exposure rates being found in Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fayetteville.

Asbestos was used throughout these structures, for use in pipes, insulation and roofing. However, it's most common use was for siding. It utilized both for its fire-resistant properties and the fact that it was a more low-maintenance option for homeowners who did not want to pay for their siding to be painted.

While the use of asbestos in new construction has been greatly reduced, asbestos continues to pose a problem to the citizens of Arkansas. According to a local newspaper, in October 2007, two buildings were scheduled to be demolished in the town of Lowell. Right before work began, more than 700 square feet of asbestos-containing material was discovered throughout the buildings. In addition to the health risks this could have potentially caused, the taxpayers were also burdened with asbestos abatement costs of approximately $3,000.

Arkansas Construction Regulations

On May 30, 1997, the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 21 on asbestos abatement was established. This regulation was created in order to bring Arkansas into compliance with the safety and disposal regulations formed by the Environmental Protection Agency. This regulation not only delegated regulation of the removal of asbestos-containing material to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, but also established licensing requirements for contractors performing asbestos abatement. Licensing for asbestos abatement contractors is now regulated by the Department of Pollution Control and Ecology and severe penalties are imposed for hiring unlicensed asbestos abatement contractors.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses & Deaths in Arkansas

Between 1979 and 1999, 276 deaths have been reported due to mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. These deaths occurred throughout 60 counties, with Pulaski County containing the highest fatality rate with 25 mesothelioma cancer deaths, and 19 asbestosis related fatalities. The lowest fatality rate occurred in Sevier County, with only one death resulting from asbestosis. These findings are particularly alarming because of the high occurrence of mesothelioma rather than asbestosis, since asbestosis is far more common.

Arkansas Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

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

Any tradesmen who worked at one of the Arkansas Jobsites listed below could have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Arkansas Jobsites could put them at risk to develop malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer) or asbestos related lung cancer.

Arkadelphia

  • Alcoa
  • Arkansas Light and Heat and Power Company
  • National Gypsum Company
  • Reynolds Aluminum Plant
  • Reynolds Metals Company

Augusta

  • Carl E. Bailey Generating Station

Bauxite

  • Alcoa
  • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Aluminum Company of America
  • Hurricane Creek Plantt
  • Indeck Power Equipment Company
  • Reynolds Aluminum
  • Reynolds Metals Company

Benton

  • Alcoa
  • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Aluminum Company of America
  • Hurricane Creek Plant
  • Owasso Manufacturing Company
  • Reynolds Aluminum
  • West Side Paint

Camden

  • Davis Construction Company
  • International Paper Company
  • John L. McClellan Generating Station
  • N.A.D. Ordinance Plant
  • Southern Kraft Corporation
  • Southern Kraft Div International. Paper Company
  • Tri State Mill & Supply Company

Crossett

  • Anderson Elementary School
  • Crossett Lumber Company
  • Crossett Paper Mills Inc.
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
  • Jones Mechanical Contractors
  • Tri State Mill & Supply

Fayetteville

  • A.M.C., Inc.
  • Bare Brand Hosiery
  • Campbell Soup Plant
  • Dillards Dept Store
  • Fayetteville Hospital
  • G.W. Shirley Plumbing & Heating Company
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas - Central Power Plant
  • University of Arkansas - Expansion of Campus Utilities
  • University of Arkansas - Mens Dorm North 2
  • University of Arkansas - New Womens Residence Hall

Gentry

  • Flint Creek Power Plant

Helena

  • Arkansas Power & Light Company
  • Arkla Chemical Company
  • Helena Cotton Oil Company
  • Helena Gas Electric Company
  • Helena Ice Company
  • Helena Power Company
  • Middle South Utilites, Inc.
  • Premier Cotton Mills

Jones Mill

  • Arkansas Power & Light Company - Lake Catherine
  • General Motors Corp; Fabricast Div
  • Kansas Power & Light Company
  • Lake Catherine Power Station
  • Reynolds Aluminum Company
  • Reynolds Metal Aluminum Plant

Jonesboro

  • Arkansas Glass Container Corporation
  • Arkansas State College
  • Arkansas State University - New Cafeteria Building
  • Arkansas Water and Light Plant
  • City Water & Light Plant
  • Jonesboro Water & Light Plant
  • Northeast Arkansas Insul. Company
  • State Teachers College

Magnolia

  • Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company
  • Arkla Chemical Corp
  • Ethyl Corporation
  • First Methodist Church
  • Great Lakes Chemical
  • Kalmar Steel Corp
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Southernextrusions
  • Southwestern Bell Telephone

Malvern

  • Acme Brick
  • Arkansas Power & Light Company
  • General Sheet Metal Company
  • International Paper Corp
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
  • Reynolds Metals

Newark

  • Independence Steam Station

Russellville

  • Arkansas Nuclear One Generating Station
  • Arkansas Power & Light
  • Bechtel Power Plant
  • Bornice Anthracite Coal. Company
  • Firestone
  • Nuclear One Powerhouse

Smackover

  • Cross Oil

Stamps

  • Arkansas Power & Light
  • Arkansas Power & Light Company - Couch S. E. Station
  • Entergy Pine Light
  • Harvey Couch Steam Elec
  • Middle South Utilities Inc.
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Pineville Kraft Corp

Stephens

  • Berry Petroleum

Trumann

  • Plant 7, Poinsett Lumber and Manufacturing Company
  • Poinset Lumber and Manufacturing Company, Plant Number 9
  • Poinsett Lumber and Manufacturing Company
  • Poinsett Lumber Company Plant North 8
  • Poinsett Lumer Company
  • Singer Company Wood Prod Div
  • Singer Furniture
  • Singer Manufacturing Company

Warren

  • Bradley Lumber Company
  • Bradley Lumber Company of Arkansas
  • Potlatch Forrests Inc
  • Southern Lumber Company
  • Tri State Mill & Supply Company
  • Warren Bank

West Memphis

  • Cacus Lumber Company
  • Dacus Lumber Company
  • Flint Steel Company
  • Mississippi Valley Generating Company
  • Southwestern Bell Telephone Company

Wilson

  • Buckeye Cellulose Corp
  • Delta Products Company
  • Lee Wilson Company Soy Bean Mill
  • Tri State Refining Company
  • Wilson Lee & Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Arkansas

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


4018 W Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72205

Mesothelioma Doctors in Arkansas

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

Dr. Matthew A. Steliga
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Arkansas

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Arkansas, you may be entitled to compensation. 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

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. "Asbestos Siding",
http://www.arkansaspreservation.org/historic-properties/national-register/siding_materials.asp?page=asb (accessed 23 August 2010).

Marcello, Brandon. "Lowell Buildings Set For Demolition Contain Asbestos",
http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/10/16/news/101707rzlowellasbestos.txt The NW Arkansas Morning News, 16 October 2007. (accessed 23 August 2010).

Neuhalfen, Susan. "Mesothelioma Lawyer Johnson Still Worries About Arkansas Asbestos Exposure." Market Wire, 11 August 2007.

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