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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in South Carolina

South Carolina

The major industrial sources of asbestos exposure in South Carolina are ship building and repair, and power generation facilities – both of which cause some of the highest rates of asbestos-related disease.

Natural Asbestos Deposits in South Carolina

The mountains of South Carolina are home to numerous serpentine deposits; serpentine is the source of “white” asbestos, and there were in fact mining operations in the state at one time. Such deposits are located primarily in the northwestern corner of the state along its common boundary with North Carolina and Georgia.

More asbestos deposits are found along the eastern slope of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the Piedmont. Two are located near the North Carolina state line inside of Kings Mountain State Park; three more are found to the southwest of this area in a sparsely-populated region along SR 97.

Maritime Industries and Asbestos

Beginning in the mid-1930s, asbestos insulation was used extensively in the construction of sea-going vessels. This insulation was usually applied as slurry or sprayed on, after which it formed a hard shell. Workers might inhale these fibers in the enclosed environment below decks, where they could become highly concentrated.

Later, the insulation in these vessels aged and deteriorated, becoming friable. This is a state in which the insulation begins to crumble into dust, releasing millions of fibers into the environment.

According to a recent study conducted at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, shipyard workers experience “a small but significant excess mortality from all causes, lung cancer and mesothelioma, most of which is probably related to asbestos exposure.”

Energy Industries and Asbestos

Power plant suffer from extraordinary rates of asbestos disease; according to the Center for Health Statistics, three percent of all work-related deaths in such industries are due to mesothelioma and asbestos cancer. Crocidolite, a deadly form of amphibole asbestos, is an excellent electrical insulator, and used throughout these facilities for this reason.

In addition, gaskets used to seal valves, pumps and pipe fittings and machinery insulation usually contained asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Fitting these gaskets in place properly required plant maintenance workers to cut, trim and file the material, creating asbestos dust that was subsequently inhaled.

Statistics on Asbestos Disease in South Carolina

Over the 20-year period between 1980 and 2000, 634 South Carolinians died from asbestos diseases, with mesothelioma victims accounting for slightly more than half. Most of these lived in and around the Charleston metro region.

Asbestos Exposure in South Carolina Cities

Learn more about asbestos exposure in the major towns and cities of South Carolina by clicking on the links below. If you worked at any of the jobsites highlighted on these pages, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to asbestos which is known to cause the terminal cancer mesothelioma.

Asbestos at Other South Carolina 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 job sites could put them at risk to develop mesothelioma cancer or asbestos related lung cancer.

Aiken

  • Bomb Plant
  • Dupont Denemours
  • Dupont Savannah River Project
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
  • Fiberglas Plant
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp
  • Savannah River Plant
  • United Merchants Manufacturers

Beaufort

  • Aircraft Fire & Crash Building
  • Beaufort Plaza Shopping Center
  • Commissioners of Public Works
  • Marine Corps Air Station
  • Marine Corps Auxilary Landing Field
  • Mc Donald, Wilkins and Company
  • Paris Island Marine Base
  • Peoples Ice and Fuel Company
  • United States Marine Depot
  • United States Naval Air Station

Beech Island

  • Civil Insulation Company
  • Daniel Construction
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
  • Urquhart Powerhouse

Berea

  • Berea Industrial Park
  • Covil Insulation Company
  • Covil Sales, Inc.

Blacksburg

  • Magnolia Finishing Plant Deering Milliken Mills
  • Pacolet Finishing Plant Subsidiary of Deering Milliken Corp
  • Pacolet Manufacturing Company
  • Pacolet Yarns

Calhoun Falls

  • Bigelow-Sanford, Inc
  • Bloomsburg Mills
  • Calhoun Mills
  • Daniel Construction Company Inc
  • Rocky River Mills

Camden

  • Camden Forest Products Inc
  • De Kalb Cotton Mills
  • Dupont Chemical
  • Dupont May Plant
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
  • May Plant
  • Pine Creek Manufacturing Company

Catawba

  • Bowaters Carolina Corporation
  • Catawba News Plant
  • Catawba Nuclear Plant
  • Daniel Construction Company

Cayce

  • Airport Regional Office Park
  • Columbia Lbr & Manufacturing. Company
  • Dolphus M. Grainger Power Station
  • Guignard Brick Works
  • Wickes Corporation

Central

  • American Enka Corporation
  • Basf Corp
  • Central Mills Company
  • Isaqueena Mills

Charleston Heights

  • Bearing Distributors
  • Boilermakers Union- Local 687
  • Duke Siding
  • Fort Park
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot
  • Port Park
  • Seaboard Airlines, Rr
  • Stafford Insulation Company
  • Yeamans Hall Road

Chester

  • Baldwin Cotton Mills
  • Lancaster Cotton Mills
  • Spring Industries
  • Springs Cotton Mills
  • Sprinstein Mills
  • Wylie Mills

Clearwater

  • Clearwater Finishing Plant
  • Clearwater Manufacturing Company
  • Seminole Mills
  • United Merchants Manufacturers

Clemson

  • Celotex
  • Clemson Agricultural College of Sc
  • Clemson College
  • Clemson University
  • Excelsior Mills
  • Imperial Manufacturing Company
  • Utica and Mohawk Mills
  • Utica Mohawk Plant
  • Westpoint Stevens

College Spur

  • Camden High School
  • Catlin Parish
  • Columbia College
  • Duke Power
  • Erskine College
  • Fairwood School
  • Florence Hospital
  • Fort Jackson Complex
  • Gaffney School
  • Great Falls High School
  • Lower Florence Ho
  • Marshall Plant
  • Mayfair Mills
  • North Brothers
  • Reading Power
  • Reigel Paper
  • S C State Hospital
  • Senate Plaza
  • Senior High School
  • Sonoco Engineering Building
  • U. S. Rubber Company
  • Whitten Village
  • York Company Tech Center

Conway

  • Central Electric Power Coop.
  • Embers Charcoal
  • General Electric Power Company
  • New South Forest Industries
  • Riley Stoker Corporation

Darlington

  • Darlington Manufacturing Company
  • Darlington Mills
  • Darlington Veneer Company, Inc.
  • Maxwell-Campbell Inc.
  • Nucor Corporation
  • Nucor Steel
  • Perfection American Company
  • Perfection Gear Company
  • Wellman, Inc.

Easley

  • Alice Manufacturing Company
  • Daniel Construction Company
  • Easley Cotton Mills
  • Glenwood Cotton Mills
  • Glenwood Mills
  • Saco Lowell Shops

Florence

  • American Lumber and Treating Company
  • Circle Grade School
  • Clinic For Doctors Price & Hart
  • Daniel Construction Company
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Jim Rast D/W Company
  • Maxwell-Campbell Inc.
  • Peoples Natural Gas
  • Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc.
  • South Carolina Industries
  • Southern Bell Tel.
  • Stokes Hall Francis Marion University
  • Stone Container Corporation
  • The Florence Steam Laundry Company
  • Timmons Plumbing & Heating
  • Union Carbide

Fort Jackson

  • Apc
  • Dreher High School
  • Em Service Club
  • Sligh Plumbing & Heating Company
  • Us Army

Gaffney

  • Broad River Brick Company
  • Champion - Spring City Knitting
  • Gaffney High School
  • Gaffney Manufacturing Company
  • Marion Manufacturing Company
  • Southern Railway Frt Team Track

Georgetown

  • Bldrs Marts of America
  • Georgetown Mill
  • International Paper Company
  • Southern Kraft Corp
  • Southern Kraft Paper Company
  • Winyah Electric Generating Plant

Graniteville

  • Graniteville Manufacturing Company
  • Graniteville Mill

Greer

  • Celanese Plant
  • J.P. Stevens and Company, Inc.
  • Victor Monaghan Company
  • Victor Plant

Hampton

  • Plywood Plastics Corporation
  • Plywood Products Corp
  • Southland Exchange
  • Westinghouse Plant

Hartsville

  • Bob Cook Powerhouse
  • Carolina Fiber Company
  • Carolina Power & Light
  • Enterprise Lumber Company
  • H B Robinson
  • Hartsville Cotton Mills
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • Southern Novelty Company
  • Sunoco Oil Refinery
  • Sunoco Products Company

Lancaster

  • Grace Bleachery
  • Lancaster Cotton Mills
  • Lancaster Water District
  • Spring Industries
  • Spring Mills
  • Springs Bleachery
  • Springs Cotton Mills

Laurens

  • 3M Plant
  • American Lava Corp
  • BMA Inc.
  • H L Roper & Company
  • J.P. Stevens and Company Inc.
  • S.C. District 55 H.S.
  • Watts Mills

Lugoff

  • Armstrong Cork Company
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Mays Constr.
  • W A Lamans Fpm

Mccormick

  • Daniel Construction Company
  • Mccormick Mills Corporation
  • Mccormick Spring Mill
  • Milliken Mills
  • Woolen Unit

Mount Pleasant

  • Detyen's Shipyards, Inc.

Myrtle Beach

  • Aerocox Corp
  • Chapin Company
  • Columbia Plastering Company
  • Miller Lbr Company
  • Waccaman Clay Products Company

Parris Island

  • Central Power Plant Marine Barracks
  • Parris Island
  • Receiving Section
  • United States Marine Barracks

Pendleton

  • Deering Milliken Mills
  • Excelsior Ill No 4
  • Gerrish Milliken Mills
  • Industrial Burners, Inc.
  • Jess Underground Utility

Port Royal

  • North Brothers, Inc.
  • Port Royal Cotton Compressing Company
  • United States Marine Barracks

Seneca

  • Duke Energy Corp
  • Duke Power Company
  • Jp Stevens
  • Keowee Hydro Plant
  • National Distillers & Chemical
  • Oconee Nuclear Station
  • Quantum Chemical
  • Seneca Cotton Mills
  • Sirocco

Taylors

  • Carotell Paper Board Corporation
  • Piedmont Print Works
  • Southern Bleachery & Print Works

Union

  • Aetna Cotton Mills
  • Brown Rodgers & Dixson Company
  • Buffalo Cotton Mills
  • Excelsior Mills
  • Milliken & Company
  • Monarch Cotton Mills
  • Mustang Sales & Service
  • Union Dry Cleaning Company and Steam Laundry
  • Union Mills
  • United Merchants Mill

Wallace

  • Daniel Construction Company
  • Delta Finishing Plant
  • J P Stevens and Company Inc

Wateree

  • Riley Stoker Corporation
  • S.C. Electric & Gas
  • South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
  • Wateree Steam Plant

Whitmire

  • Aragon Baldwin Cotton Mills
  • Glen Lowry Manufacturing Company
  • J.P. Stevens and Company
  • West Point Stevens
  • Whitmire Plant

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in South Carolina

The following cancer centers in South Carolina have the expertise to consult and treat mesothelioma patients. 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.


Lexington Medical Park 2
146 North Hospital Drive
Suite 400
West Columbia, SC 29169

Mesothelioma Doctors in South Carolina

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

Dr. Alice Boylan
Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Room 807B3
Charleston, SC 29425

Filing an Asbestos Claim in South Carolina

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in South Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim or to seek financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Asbestos Related News in South Carolina

EPA Funds Asbestos Cleanup Along South Carolina Trail

The EPA has matched funds from the City of Pickens, South Carolina to clean up asbestos along the popular Doodle Trail. Read more at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Sources

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in South Carolina.” 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.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).

Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Coast Guard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64 (October 2007): 651-8.

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