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Kentucky Asbestos Exposure


Asbestos exposure in Kentucky has taken place primarily at oil refineries, natural gas plants, power plants and the chemical industry as well as the construction sites; there are no natural outcroppings of asbestos minerals anywhere within the state.

Kentucky Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

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

Construction Trades

Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used extensively in building construction over 150 years. Such products included fireproof shingles, asbestos wallboard, acoustic tiles, flooring, insulation and ceiling texture, and there are still some 3,000 products still manufactured and sold in the U.S. containing asbestos.

Because of this, people who work in building renovation and demolition are at substantial risk of exposure to "friable" asbestos and should seek medical attention from mesothelioma clinics. Kentucky has many old and historic buildings, so it is likely that such danger will continue without action by the EPA and local health authorities.

Chemical Plants

Crocidolite, or "blue asbestos," is an exceptionally deadly form of amphibole (amphiboles are long, spear-like fibers that appear to cause more cellular damage in a shorter time than “white” chrysotile asbestos). This form of asbestos is highly resistant to caustic and corrosive chemicals, and was used at the Louisville Chemical Plant and Alcoa Aluminum.

Military Bases

Fort Campbell, which is home to the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, was constructed during the early months of World War II at a time that asbestos was commonly used in buildings and boiler rooms. Pipe-fitters and other maintenance workers and Army personnel stationed there between 1940 and 1970 are likely to have been exposed to substantial doses of asbestos.

Power Plants

A study of power plant workers in Puerto Rico recently confirmed that employees at power generation plants demonstrated that such workers ran a high risk of asbestos exposure and suffer an elevated rate of mesothelioma. Amphibole asbestos is also resistant to electrical current, and is likely to be found in such facilities.


Between 1980 and 2000 one in 10,000 Kentuckians died from asbestos disease. Three-quarters of these were due to mesothelioma and were concentrated in the heavily urbanized Louisville region. Although asbestosis is far more common than mesothelioma, it is not always immediately fatal; it is not malignant and is highly treatable if discovered early. Mesothelioma is not curable; most victims die within 18 months of such a diagnosis at mesothelioma clinics.

Asbestos Exposure at Kentucky Jobsites

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.


  • Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Olin-Mathieson Chemical Corporation


  • Dix Dam Power Plant
  • E. W. Brown Generating Station
  • Kentucky Utilities Company


  • Cooper Powerhouse
  • East Kentucky Power Cooperative
  • John Sherman Cooper Station
  • John Sherman Copper Power Station
  • Power Plant


  • Arkema, Inc.
  • Cardinal Industrial Ins.
  • Carroll County High School
  • Dow Corning Plant
  • M & T Chemical, Inc
  • Middle School


  • Ashland Oil and Refining Company
  • Ashland Petroleum Company
  • Ashland Synthetic Fuels Inc
  • Calgon Corporation
  • Catlettsburg Kenova and Ceredo Water Company
  • Gulf Oil
  • Marathon Refinery Kentucky

Central City

  • A & G Farm Fresh Eggs Incorporated
  • Green River Power Plant
  • Kentucky Utilities Company
  • Tennessee Valley Authority


  • Britts Department Store
  • Centre College
  • Danville Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company
  • Danville Plaza
  • Kentucky State Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Palm Beach Company

Dix Dam

  • E. W. Brown Power Station
  • Kentucky Utilities Company
  • Westinghouse Electric Company


  • Black Diamond Coal Company
  • Paradise Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Valley Authority


  • Colt Industries
  • Elizabethtown High School
  • G C Burkhead Elementary School
  • Hardin County Memorial Hospital
  • Kentucky Galvanizing Company


  • Clarence Bailey Construction
  • Commercial Poultry House
  • Owens-Corning Glass
  • Rice Drywall & Painting
  • Russell Ferguson Building
  • Whitehurst Plumbing & Heating


  • Consolidated Telephone
  • Equitable Bag Company
  • Globe Union Company
  • Ramada Inn South
  • Sears & Roebuck
  • Signode Corporation
  • St. Paul Church
  • Thriftway Supermarket
  • White Manufacturing Company
  • Willis Music Company


  • Dale Generating Plant
  • Dale Generating Station
  • East Kentucky Power Coop
  • East Kentucky Rural Electric
  • L. M. Marcum Company

Fort Knox

  • EM Barracks Complex
  • Fort Knox
  • Fort Knox Hospital
  • General Insulation
  • Ireland Hospital
  • John Welker Company
  • Tank Repair Shop

Fort Thomas

  • Campbell Country Hospital
  • Highlands High School
  • Johnson School
  • Robert Johnson School
  • Ruth Mayer School
  • Veteran's Affairs Hospital


  • Big Rivers Electric Corporation
  • Coleman Steam Plant
  • Kenneth C. Coleman Power Plant
  • National Southwire Aluminum Company
  • Western Kraft Corp
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Williamette Industries


  • Acme Mills
  • Commonwealth of KY Western State Hospital
  • Ellis Ice and Coal Company
  • Forbes and Brothers
  • Hopkinsville Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Jennie Stuart Hospital
  • Kentucky Public Service Company
  • R.C. Owen Lumber
  • Western Kentucky Insane Asylum


  • Ballard High School
  • Indian Trial School
  • Klondike Elementary School
  • Pleasure Ridge Vocational School


  • Carbide & Carbon Chemical
  • F. H. Magraw Company
  • Old K. W. W. Siding
  • Union Carbide Nuclear Company


  • Beer Distributing Warehouse
  • Latonia Refining Corporation
  • Latonia Shopping Center
  • Sohio Oil Company


  • Ashland Oil & Refinery Company


  • AEP Big Sandy Power Station
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Chamber's Construction
  • E C Ernest Electric Company
  • Kentucky Power Company
  • Ky and Wv Gas Company
  • Louisa Power
  • Stylrite Prefab Homes


  • Browning Manufacturing
  • Carnation Company
  • Charleston Bottoms
  • East Kentucky Powerhouse
  • Maysville Public Service Company
  • Spurlock Powerhouse


  • Middlesboro Kentucky Hospital
  • Tenn-Flake
  • V.R. Davis Construction Company


  • C. W. Rogers Station
  • Jesus Our Savior Church
  • Kentucky Power Company
  • Morehead College
  • Morehead State College
  • Morehead State Teachers College
  • Pine Hills Construction
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company
  • Zilpo Recreational Park


  • Paradise Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Tva Fertilizer - Powerplant

Pulaski County

  • Somerset Refinery


  • B.J. Shaw
  • C&O Railroad
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad
  • Csx Transporation, Inc.


  • Chiller University Center
  • Eastern Kentucky State College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eastern State College
  • Eastern State Teachers College
  • Okonite Company
  • State of Kentucky


  • C & O Railroad
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company
  • Inland Steel
  • Koppers Company
  • Northwestern Railroad
  • Queen City Steel
  • Raceland Car Shops
  • Russell Engine Terminal


  • Big River Electric Corp
  • Big River Power
  • Big Rivers Steam Plant
  • General Electric Company
  • Kbi Plant
  • Reid Generating Station

South Shore

  • Charles Taylor & Sons
  • Hooker Chemical Corp
  • Hooker Electrochemical Company
  • National Lead
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation


  • Kentucky Stone Asphalt Plant
  • Kentucky Utilities Company
  • Tyrone Power House

West Paducah

  • Shawnee Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Valley Authority


  • Britts Department Store
  • Clark Company Hosp.
  • East Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation
  • Warehouse For Stock

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Kentucky

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

James Graham Brown Cancer Center
529 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40292

Mesothelioma Doctors in Kentucky

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

Dr. Edward R. Setser
UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center
750 Morton Blvd.
Hazard, KY 41701

Dr. Timothy W. Mullett
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
138 Leader Avenue
Lexington, KY 40506

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Kentucky

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

Asbestos Related News in Kentucky

$1 Billion Asbestos Lawsuit Filed Against Morehead State University

A 61-year-old man filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Morehead State University for health problems he says resulted from asbestos exposure during his time there.

Mesothelioma Victim's Widow Denied Retrial by Kentucky Court of Appeals

Kentucky Court of Appeals Denies Widow New Trial in Husband's Wrongful Death Suit

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.



Bowker, Michael. Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos is Killing America. (New York: Touchstone, 2003.)

Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Kentucky.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma. September 2005.

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. (accessed 23 August 2010).

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog


January 18, 2017
David Haas

Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Somer Greene

“We are happy to announce the winner of the Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Somer Greene.Somer is a survivor of Hereditary Gastric Carcinoma, which is a form of stomach cancer that is passed along genetically through a mutation of the CDH1 gene. While not everyone with the mutation develops cancer, those who have it also might have a higher chance of developing the disease.”