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Portsmouth, Virginia

Asbestos Exposure in Portsmouth, VA

Located on the western bank of the Elizabeth River directly across from Norfolk, Portsmouth is an independent city in Virginia’s Hamptons Roads metropolitan area with an approximate population of 95,000. Portsmouth was founded as a town in 1752, and was named after the English naval port town of the same name. The city served as county seat of Norfolk County from 1803 up until 1963, when the county was divided into independent cities.

The onset of World War I brought major naval expansion to Portsmouth. Three new drydocks were established and Norfolk Naval Shipyard built the Navy’s first airplane carrier, the U.S.S. Langley. During World War II, 101 new ships were built and National Guard Units from Portsmouth served in all theatres of war. In years following Virginia Electric and Power, a company with roots dating back to the Colonial era, added new stations to keep up with the demand of electric customers. Virginia Electric and Powers Company operated the world’s first extra-high-voltage transmission system and by the 1970s, VEPCO’s first nuclear stations were in service. Other corporations attracted to Portsmouth’s favorable economy over the years include Moon Engineering Company, Inc., Murro Chemical, and Westinghouse Electric Company. As a result of the many years of heavy industrial use, Portsmouth’s downtown district required significant modernization and cleanup. In the 1980s, several revitalization and beautification projects were completed, including a new waterfront park, renovated City Park with boat ramp, and new streets and lighting.

We have confirmed that Portsmouth has several sites where asbestos exposure was known to occur over the years. Individuals who worked with and/or around asbestos containing materials may be at risk to develop mesothelioma. For your convenience, we have listed mesothelioma clinics located near Portsmouth at the bottom of this page. Additionally, you should know that asbestos law firms represent people from Portsmouth who were exposed to asbestos and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Portsmouth

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

  • Bureau of Supplies and Accounts
  • Merchants & Farmers Bank
  • Moon Engineering Company, Inc.
  • Murro Chemical
  • Naval Ammunition Depot
  • Norfolk and Porsmouth Railroad
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Portsmouth Berkley and Suffolk Water Company
  • Portsmouth Gas Company
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Portsmouth Station
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Seaboard Air Line Railway
  • Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad
  • St. Juliens Creek
  • U.S. Naval Hospital
  • Virginia Chemicals, Inc.
  • Virginia Electric and Power
  • Westinghouse Electric Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Portsmouth, Virginia

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Portsmouth, 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: 78.0 miles

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

Distance: 6.6 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Portsmouth, 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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