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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Nebraska

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Nebraska is located on Great Plains, which is geologically inactive and has no naturally-occurring asbestos deposits. However, a significant number of jobsites have been identified as sources of asbestos exposure; many of these were power generation plants. Power plant workers are among the groups at high risk for developing asbestos disease. In 2003, a study of such workers in Puerto Rico showed “abnormalities” in 13% of chest x-rays.

Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used for over half a century to insulate electric wiring, panel partitions, fire doors, electrical conduits, plaster, drywall, and even cement.

Another high-risk group consists of those who work in the petroleum industry. Asbestos-containing products were used extensively as fire-proofing in most oil facilities. Over time, such insulation becomes friable, producing asbestos dust that is released into the environment.

Another source of asbestos exposure was vermiculite, a building insulation material that was produced in Libby, Montana. This material was nearly always contaminated with asbestos; between 1948 and 1993, two Nebraska companies – one of which was the Western Mineral Products Company - processed nearly 132,000 tons of vermiculite.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Nebraska

The Nebraska death rate attributable to asbestos disease is somewhat lower than many other states. Between 1980 and 2000, fewer that 200 patients succumbed to asbestos disease. Mesothelioma was responsible for two-thirds of these fatalities, despite the fact that it is quite rare compared to asbestosis. However, while asbestosis is treatable and has a good prognosis if diagnosed in time, mesothelioma is invariably fatal; most patients survive no more than eighteen months following a diagnosis.

Asbestos Exposure in Nebraska Cities

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

Alliance

  • Alliance Municipal Electric System
  • Alliance Power Plant
  • City Light Plant
  • L. M. Marcum Company

Beatrice

  • Beatrice Creamery Company
  • Chris's Hatchery
  • Cominco Products Company
  • Gas Pipe Line Company of America
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
  • Neb Water Works
  • Philips Petroleum Fertilizer Plant

Bellevue

  • Allied Chemical
  • Kramer Power House
  • Loup River Public Power District
  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Offutt Air Force Base

Blair

  • Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant

Brownville

  • Cooper Nuclear Power Plant

Columbus

  • Behlen Manufacturing Company
  • Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
  • Consumers Public Power District
  • Loup River Public Power District
  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company

Dodge

  • Cuming County Public Power

Hallam

  • Consumers Public Power Distributors
  • Hallam Nuclear Power Facility
  • Hallam Nuclear Power Plant
  • Hallan Power Plant
  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Sheldon Station

Lexington

  • Canaday Station
  • Canaday Steam Plant
  • Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District
  • National Dehydrating Company
  • United Electric Company

North Platte

  • Best Laundry Cleaners
  • North Platte Plumbing & Heating
  • Pacific Fruit Express
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company

Scottsbluff

  • Consumers Public Power Company
  • Hiram Scott College
  • Nebraska Public Power Dist
  • Scottsbluff Packing Company
  • Scottsbluff Sugar Company
  • Swift & Company

South Omaha

  • Armour and Company
  • Budahy Packing Company
  • Cudahy Packing Company
  • Omaha Packing Company

Sutherland

  • Gerald Gentleman Station

Mesothelioma Doctors in Nebraska

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

Dr. Brian W. Loggie
Creighton University Medical Center
Alegent Creighton Clinic Surgical Oncology
601 North 30th Street #2803
Omaha, NE 68131

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Nebraska

We have also compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Nebraska. 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.


601 North 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131


985950 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Nebraska

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Nebraska, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim or seek financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

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Sources

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.

EWG Action Fund. "W. R. Grace Hotspots in Nebraska." Environmental Working Group, 1 June 2005.
http://www.ewg.org/files/NE_factsheet.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).

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