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Norfolk, Virginia

Asbestos Exposure in Norfolk, VA

With a population of approximately 240,000, Norfolk is the second largest city in Virginia and is located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Norfolk is surrounded by miles of riverfront and bay front property, with the Elizabeth River to the west and the Chesapeake Bay to its north. Incorporated as a city in 1845, Norfolk has long served as a strategic military and transportation point for the United States.

The Reconstruction Era brought the Virginian Railway and Jamestown Exposition to the city of Norfolk. The area’s first major shipyard, Norfolk Shipyard, served as a site for ship repair, construction, and ship stationing, however the U.S. Navy had not yet established itself in Norfolk. It was not until immediately after the United States entered World War I that the Secretary of the Navy purchased 474 acres of land to begin construction of the naval base. By 1918, Naval Station Norfolk was complete and over 34,000 enlisted men were located at the base. Norfolk Naval Shipyard was expanded in World War II, more than doubling its physical size. The shipyard employed 43,000 personnel and built 6,850 vessels during its peak from 1940 to 1945. Today, the military maintains a major presence in the city, playing an important role in defense contracting with special emphasis on shipbuilding and ship repair businesses. Norfolk’s second largest industry based on economic impact is the region’s cargo ports; in 2006, Norfolk’s three main terminals handled over 475,000 tons of cargo, making it the second busiest port on the North American east coast.

Norfolk’s profound military, industrial, and construction history places the city in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. Workers exposed to asbestos containing products have the chance of developing mesothelioma, an asbestos-related lung cancer. Mesothelioma cancer centers in and around Norfolk are listed at the bottom of this page. Additionally, if you were exposed to asbestos in Norfolk and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should consider contacting an asbestos law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Norfolk

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

  • A Lynn Thomas Company Inc
  • Algonquin Apartment
  • Allied Chemical Corporation
  • Allied Marine Industries
  • Ames & Webb Inc.
  • Amoco Oil
  • Atlantic Fleet Intelligence Center
  • B. F. Diamond
  • Bay Shore Terminal Company
  • Bureau of Steam Engineering
  • Bureau of Yards and Docks
  • C. E. Thurston & Sons, Inc.
  • Chesapeake Transit Company
  • City Gas Company
  • City Sewerage Pumping Sta
  • Colonna's Shipyard
  • Colonna's Shipyard
  • Commonwealth Storage and Ice Company
  • Culture & Convention Center
  • Depaul Hospital
  • Farmers Fertilizer Plant
  • General Services Adm
  • General Supply Depot
  • Grumman Ecosystems Corporation
  • Gulf Refining Company
  • Hampton Roads Army Terminal
  • Industrial Power Equipment Company
  • Insulators Union #83
  • L.J. Goetz
  • L.S.T. Shipping
  • Langley Afb
  • Liberty Baptist Church
  • Lone Star Cement Corp
  • Lyon Shipyard
  • Memorial Library
  • Metro Machine Corporation
  • Military Circle Shopping Center
  • Monticello Hotel
  • N&W Warehouse
  • National Bulk Carriers, Inc.
  • National Gas and Construction Company
  • National Linen Service Company
  • Naval Air Station
  • Naval Shipyard
  • Naval Staff College
  • Naval Station Norfolk
  • Naval Supply Depot
  • Nepco - Lamberts Point Terminal
  • Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock
  • Norflolk Place Navy Yard
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Traction Company
  • Norfolk Civic Center
  • Norfolk Creosoting Company
  • Norfolk General Hospital
  • Norfolk Iron Company
  • Norfolk Linen Service Corporation
  • Norfolk Naval Air Station
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Norfolk Petroleum Term. Company
  • Norfolk Portland Cement Corp
  • Norfolk Portsmouth and Newport News Railway and Light Company
  • Norfolk Railway and Light Company
  • Norfolk Refg'S. Stg. Company
  • Norfolk R'Way and Light Company
  • Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation
  • Norfolk Southern Railway
  • Norfolk Warehouse Company
  • Norfolk Western Railroad
  • Northwestern Railroad
  • Page Leigh and Grover
  • Portsmouth Beltline
  • Portsmouth Power Station
  • Reeves Ave Station
  • Reilly Tar and Chemical Company Republic Creosoting Div
  • Roanoke Western Railroad
  • Scope Complex
  • Seaboard Airline Railroad Company
  • Swan & Son Wm H
  • Swift & Company
  • Thurston & Son Inc
  • Thurston C E & Sons Inc
  • Tidewater Construction Corporation
  • Transco Energy Company
  • Union Bag Camp Paper Company
  • United States Navy Yard
  • Us Wood Preserving Company
  • Utility Tunnel 4
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company
  • Virginia Railway and Power Company
  • Virginia State College
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Welding Shipyard
  • Y.M.C.A. Building.

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Norfolk, Virginia

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Norfolk, 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: 77.9 miles

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

Distance: 4.2 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Norfolk, 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

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