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If you have worked and lived in Arizona for significant amount of time, there is a chance that you were exposed to asbestos at home or in the workplace. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems including pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. As a service to people who live in Arizona, we have compiled the following information about asbestos and mesothelioma in Arizona.

Below you will find recent statistics about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma in Arizona. We have also included descriptions of the industries and lists of cities, towns and specific job sites in Arizona where asbestos exposure has occurred. Local Arizona mesothelioma doctors and treatment centers are listed and recent news articles about asbestos and mesothelioma in Arizona are also provided.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Statistics in Arizona

  • From 1999-2015, approximately 798 Arizona residents died from mesothelioma
  • Arizona has a mesothelioma death rate of about 9 per million each year (Source: CDC)
  • There are 103 known sites of naturally occurring asbestos in Arizona, of which 96 contain chrysotile asbestos mostly found in Gila and Pinal counties (Source: USGS)
  • The highest concentration of asbestos can be found in Gila county, especially in the areas around the Salt River Canyon which has about 90 deposits. Over the course of about 50 years, over 75,000 pounds of asbestos was mined from this area by over 160 operating mines (Source: Arizona Geological Survey)

Asbestos Use in Arizona Work Environments

Arizona has a lot of naturally occurring asbestos, which contributed to its usage in a lot of different industries.


Though the last asbestos mine in Arizona shut down in the early 1980s, it was extremely prevalent throughout the state because of the large amounts of natural chrysotile asbestos. Asbestos was also once considered the most important resource at the San Carlos Indian Reservation, which led to the operation of 7 asbestos mines.

Copper Smelting:

Copper mining was also quite prevalent in Arizona, which created the need for copper smelters, who would use heat and chemical processes to melt and refine the metal ore. Companies like Phelps Dodge Copper Mine and Magma Copper Company used asbestos in their equipment because of its durable properties.

Oil Refineries:

Four oil refineries in Alabama, like the Coastal Mobile Refinery, used a variety of asbestos materials in construction of the facility and the required machinery for the chemical processes, putting many oil refinery workers at risk.


Various manufacturing companies used asbestos in their machinery and facilities. An infamous asbestos manufacturer, W.R. Grace and Co, also operated a vermiculite packing plant in Phoenix known as Solomon’s Mines, Inc. The vermiculite from this company was contaminated with asbestos from their mines in Libby, Montana, putting employees of the plant at risk of exposure.


Asbestos was used throughout the military, including the United States Air Force and Marines. Williams Air Force Base and the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station were two important facilities for the military, among the leading training stations for their respective branches. Ultimately the station in Yuma was listed as Superfund Sites because of various environmental contaminants, including asbestos.

Power Plants:

Power Plants: Companies like the Cholla Power Plant and the Yucca Power Plant made use of a variety of asbestos products in their machinery and construction. Industrial safety experts have stated that power plants are among the most hazardous when it comes to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Superfund Sites and Shipyards in Arizona

Arizona has had a few sites added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund List because of environmental concerns, including asbestos.

Mountain View Mobile Home Estates (Gila)

The 17 acre Mountain View Mobile Homes were established in 1973 on the site of a former asbestos mill, Metate Asbestos Corporation. Two of the three mills were originally ordered to close because they failed to meet the EPA’s emission requirements. Former mill owners, however, attained permits to rezone the area into a residential property. In doing so, they covered up various asbestos waste contaminating the grounds with topsoil and even left some of their equipment around the area. At the same time, the third asbestos mill continued to operate nearby. The site was added to the Superfund List in 1982, temporarily rehoming the approximately 100 or so residents during cleanup. After extensive cleanup efforts and further investigations, the site was removed from the list in 1988.

Yuma Marine Corps Air Station (Yuma)

The Yuma Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS Yuma) occupies almost 3,000 acres near Yuma. It originally served as a training facility for the Air Force, but was transferred to the Marines in the late 1950s. The site was included on the Superfund List in 1990, primarily because of contaminated groundwater and improper disposal of waste fuels directly on the grounds. The soil was also found to be contaminated with asbestos from various waste materials. The military and ADEQ worked on a remediation process, installing wells and testing samples. Monitoring and maintenance activities remain in place today.

Arizona Cities with Asbestos Problems

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Arizona where asbestos use in the workplace is known to have occurred. Click on a city below to see more detailed information about the specific job sites where asbestos exposure occurred.

Asbestos Risks at Smaller Arizona Job Sites

Beyond the major cities and towns in Arizona, asbestos exposure has also occurred at a number of other job sites. Select a town to see the list of its work sites where asbestos exposure occurred. Asbestos exposure at any one of the sites revealed could put a worker at risk to develop pleural mesothelioma.

Arizona Directory of Asbestos Work Sites

Select a town to see a list of work sites where asbestos exposure occurred.

Asbestos Risks at , AZ Work Sites

  • Abitibi Consolidated
  • Adams Hotel
  • Adams Insulation
  • Administrative Building – Papago Park
  • Air Research Plant
  • Airesearch Corporation
  • Alcoa (F/K/A Reynolds Metals)
  • Allison Steel
  • Allison Steel
  • Aluminum Processors, Inc.
  • American Smelting & Refining Company
  • Anaconda Copper Mining Company
  • Apache Generating Station
  • Apache Powder & Tuscon Job
  • Apache Station
  • Ariz Table Pad
  • Ariz. Eastern Railroad Company
  • Arizona Bank Building
  • Arizona Brewing Company
  • Arizona Commercial Copper Company
  • Arizona Copper Company Ltd
  • Arizona Copper Company Ltd
  • Arizona Edison Company
  • Arizona Electric Power Cooperative
  • Arizona Engine & Pump
  • Arizona Ice and Cold Storage Company
  • Arizona Light and Power Company
  • Arizona Liquor Dist Siding
  • Arizona Packing Company
  • Arizona Portland Cement Company
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Arizona Public Service Company
  • Arizona Public Service Company
  • Arizona Rr Company
  • Arizona State College
  • Arizona State Hospital
  • Arizona State Teacher’s College
  • Arizona State Teachers College
  • Arizona State University
  • Arizona State University
  • Arizona State University – Campus Tunnel
  • Arizona State University – Hayden Library
  • Arizona State University – Library
  • Arizona State University – Smelter
  • Arizona State University – Women’s Gymnasium
  • Asbestos Engineering & Supply Company
  • Asu Utility Tunnel
  • Barlett Heard Land and Cattle Company
  • Bhp Cooper
  • Borel Office Building
  • Boy Scouts of America headquarters
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • C.Y.R. and P. Railroad
  • Calumet and Arizona Mining Company
  • Carlsons Brk & Bldrs Supply
  • Central Arizona Light & Power Company
  • Central Arizona St. Electric Station
  • Central Plaza Building
  • Century Brick Company
  • Childs-Irving Power Plant
  • Cholla Power Plant
  • Civic Center
  • Cochise Powerhouse/ Arizona Electric Power Co-Op
  • Combustion Equipment Company
  • Constable Ice and Fuel Company
  • Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company
  • Crystal Ice and Cold Storage Company
  • Cudahy Packing Company
  • Cypress Mines
  • Desert Samaritan Hospital
  • Detroit Copper Mining Company
  • Devry Institute of Technology
  • Douglas Improvement Company
  • Duval Mine
  • Eagle Milling Company
  • El Paso and S W Rr Company
  • Fenco
  • Fiberglas Engineering & Supply Company
  • Flagstaff Electric Light Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Fort Huachaca
  • Fort Huachuca
  • General Aluminum & Chemical Corp
  • General Electric
  • General Electric
  • General Electric – Turbine
  • Gibson Copper Company
  • Globe Light and Power Company
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Greenwood Memorial Park
  • Honeywell Inc
  • HP Copper
  • Hughes Aircraft
  • Indian Hospital
  • Indian River School
  • Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company
  • Inspiration Copper Mine
  • Inspiration Copper Mine
  • International Consolidated Copper Company
  • Irvington Generating Sta
  • John C. Lincoln Hospital
  • Kaiser Refractories
  • Kennecott Copper Company
  • Kennecott Copper Mine
  • Kennecott Copper Smelter
  • Kennecott Minerals Company
  • Kyrene Plant
  • Kyrene Silam Plant
  • Kyrene Steam Plant
  • Le Fleur Corporation
  • Lenco Heating & Cooling
  • Luke Air Force Base
  • Luke Air Force Base
  • M H Sherman
  • Magma Copper Company
  • Marathon Steel Company
  • Marsh Company Murray
  • Marsh Company Murray
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Merabank Building (Also/Prv Known 3003 North Central Avenue
  • Mercury Mines of America
  • Merritt Air Conditioning
  • Metcalf Copper Smelter
  • Miami Copper Company
  • Morenci Power Plant
  • Morenci Smelter Plant
  • Morenci Water Company
  • Motorola Plant
  • Mountain Bell Telephone Company
  • Murray Marsh
  • National Brewing Company
  • National Malleable & Steel Corporation
  • Navajo Generating Station
  • Navajo Generating Station – Salt River Project
  • New Corneilia Copper Company
  • Normande Iron & Metal
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Ocotilla Power Plant
  • Old Dominion Copper Mining and Smelting Company
  • Omalley Lumber Company
  • Ott Hardware
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
  • P D Acid Plant
  • Pacific Fruit Express
  • Pacific Fruit Express Company
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Page Arizona Powerplant
  • Page Power Plant
  • Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Plant
  • Palo Verde Power Station
  • Phelps Dodge Acid Plant
  • Phelps Dodge Aluminum
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Products
  • Phelps Dodge Corporation
  • Phelps Dodge Corporation
  • Phelps Dodge Corporation (Douglas Smelter)
  • Phelps-Dodge Corporation
  • Phoenix Cement Company
  • Phoenix Cement Div/Am Cem
  • Phoenix Charging Plant
  • Phoenix Civic Plaza (including the Symphony Hall)
  • Phoenix Gas Works
  • Phoenix Indian School
  • Phoenix Light and Fuel Company
  • Phoenix Newspaper Building
  • Phoenix Railway Company
  • Phoenix Steel
  • Phoenix Utility Company
  • Ponderosa Paper Products Company Incn
  • Power Plant
  • Provo Team Track
  • Ray Consolidated Copper Company
  • Reynolds Aluminum Plant
  • Reynolds Metals Company
  • Safeway
  • Safeway – Warehouse
  • Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company
  • Saguaro Power Plant
  • Sahuaro H.S.
  • Salt River Power Agua Fria
  • Salt River Power District
  • Salt River Project
  • Salt River Project
  • Salt River Pump & Supply Company
  • Salt River Valley Water User Association
  • San Manuel Copper Corporation
  • San Manuel Copper Refinery
  • Santa Fe Peoria Team Track
  • Shannon Copper Company
  • Smurfit Stone Corp
  • Snowflake Paper and Pulp
  • Snowflake Paper Mill
  • South Lawn Memorial Park
  • South Lawn Memorial Park
  • South Western Nitrochemical Company
  • Southwest Forest Industries
  • Southwest Forest Industries
  • Southwest Forest Industries, Inc
  • Southwest Lumber Mills
  • Southwest Lumber Mills Inc
  • Southwestern Agrichemical Company
  • Southwestern Alloys Division Nat Av
  • Spreckels Sugar
  • Spreckels Sugar Company
  • Spreckles Sugar Plant
  • St. Josephs Hospital
  • State Hospital
  • Sunnyside High School
  • Sunnyslope Hospital (Aka John C. Lincoln Hospital)
  • Superior and Boston Copper Company
  • Titan Missile Site
  • Tovrea Packing Company
  • Tucson Electric Power Company – Irvington Station
  • Tucson Gas and Electric Company
  • Tucson Gas and Electric Company
  • Tucson High School
  • Tucson Metal & Manufacturing Company
  • Tuscon Powerhouse
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Welton-Mohawk Gila)
  • Uneeda Laundry Supply
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • United Verde Copper Company
  • United Verde Extension Mining Company
  • United Wholesale, S. Pacific Team Track
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arizona – Old Law College
  • University of Arizona – Science Building
  • Us Inspection Station
  • Va Hospital
  • Valley National Bank
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • W.S. Power
  • West Phoenix Power Plant
  • Western Electric Company – Cable Plant
  • Western Rolling Mills
  • Williams Air Force Base
  • Wisconsin Tissue
  • Yucca Power Plant
  • Yuma Desalting Plant
  • Yuma Electric Water Company
  • Yuma Ice and Cld Stge Company
  • Yuma Marine Corps Base
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