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Asbestos Exposure in Newport News, VA

The city of Newport News was one of eight original shires of Virginia, formed by order of King Charles I in 1634. Newport News can be found on the southwestern end of the Virginia Peninsula, on the north shore of the James River extending southeast along many miles of waterfront to the river’s mouth at Newport News Point. The city’s waterfront site fostered early growth and in 1896, Newport News separated from Warwick County and became an independent city of Virginia.

It was not until 250 years after its initial settlement that development began in Newport News. Under the leadership of Collis Huntington, a businessman responsible for funding the extension of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and construction of the city’s first shipyard, the population swelled. At the dawn of the 20th century, almost 20,000 people called Newport News home. Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company employed individuals not only from the lower Virginia Peninsula, but also from portions of Hampton Roads, the Middle Peninsula region, and northeastern counties of North Carolina. Newport News Shipyard was one of the few fully operational shipyards prior to the World War II buildup of U.S. Naval and Merchant fleets, and in the 1930s, received a significant amount of federal funding to expand its facilities. At its peak in 1943, Newport News Shipbuilding employed over 31,000 people. Other organizations that operated in Newport News over the years include Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock, Amoco Oil, Esso Houston, and Horne Brothers Shipyard. Newport News is also home to Fort Eustis, a military installation that houses the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School, U.S. Army Transportation School, and the 7th Sustainment Brigade, among others.

For many years, asbestos exposure has been an issue in Newport News as a result of the city’s extensive shipbuilding, industrial, and construction history. If you were exposed to asbestos containing products you have the chance of developing an asbestos-related cancer called mesothelioma. An asbestos law firm may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Newport News, Virginia, and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Newport News

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

  • Amoco Connecticut
  • Amoco Delaware
  • Amoco Oil
  • Amoco Virginia
  • Ashville Mica
  • Citizens Railway Light and Power Company
  • Consolidated Coal
  • Enterprise
  • Esso Houston
  • Esso New Orleans
  • Finback
  • Fort Eustus

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Newport News, Virginia

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


401 College Street
Richmond, VA 23298

Distance: 62.2 miles


Lake Wright Cancer Care Center of Virginia
5900 Lake Wright Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Distance: 20.1 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Newport News, Virginia

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

West Virginia University Receiving $730,000 for Cancer Moonshot Program

West Virginia University will receive $730,000 as part of Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Learn more at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Staunton Courthouse Reopens Post Asbestos Removal

The Staunton Courthouse has reopened, but asbestos abatement on the third floor still needs to be completed.

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