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Chalmette, Louisiana

Chalmette is the parish seat of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. An unincorporated community located on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet east of New Orleans, Chalmette had a population of about 32,000 in 2000. Petroleum and sugar refining have long been prominent local industries. Chalmette was heavily damaged by flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, causing a substantial drop in population and industry, although the area has been slowly recovering. Notable employers include Murphy Oil Corporation, Chalmette Refining, LLC, and American Sugar Refining, Inc.

Substantial industrialization did not occur in Chalmette until the 20th century. In 1909, the American Sugar Refining Company opened its new processing plant. It took four years to construct, and at the time it was the largest sugar refinery in the world. In 2005, flooding from Katrina caused severe damage to the refinery's equipment; replacement machinery included upgraded robotic equipment to handle the packaged sugar. Kaiser Aluminum's Chalmette Works, built in 1951, was the world's largest aluminum reduction plant in its day, but operated only until about 1980. Tenneco Oil Company and Murphy Oil both established refineries in the mid-20th century. The Tenneco refinery is currently operated by ExxonMobil. Murphy Oil experienced a Hurricane Katrina-related oil spill, but has since resumed normal operations. Chalmette has also been home to several shipyards through the years, including Bergeron Shipyard and Blue Streak Industries.

Chalmette, Louisiana has a concentrated history of heavy industry during a period when asbestos-containing materials were widely used. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma treatment facilities in and around Chalmette are listed at the bottom of this page. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Chalmette, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of an asbestos attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Chalmette

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Chalmette where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • American Sugar Refining Company
  • Amstar Corporation
  • Bay Petroleum Corporation
  • Chalmete Petroleum Corporation
  • Chalmette Refinery
  • Domino Sugar
  • Havemeyer Refinery
  • Ingram Oil & Refining Company
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
  • Mobil Oil Corp
  • Tenneco Oil Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Chalmette, Louisiana

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Chalmette, Louisiana. 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.

Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 12.0 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Chalmette, Louisiana

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Chalmette, Louisiana. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Brian L. Pettiford
Ochsner Cancer Institute
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 12.0 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Chalmette, Louisiana

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

Avondale Shipyard Being Sued By Former Employee For Asbestos-Related Disease

Former employee of ten years at Avondale Shipyard is suing the company for damages from asbestos exposure, which has led to silicosis disease.

Toxicology Asbestos Analysis Laboratory Opens At University of Louisiana

A new asbestos teaching facility, research lab, and community resource opened as ULM's newest multi-use building in Monroe's Toxicology Department.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog


January 11, 2017
Jillian McKee

New Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Tests Immunotherapy Before Surgery

“Last fall, the Baylor College of Medicine Mesothelioma Treatment Center began running a new clinical trial that looks at how to use immunotherapy and surgery together as a more effective way to treat mesothelioma – an extremely rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.”