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If you have worked and lived in Colorado for a 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 Colorado, we have compiled the following information about asbestos and mesothelioma in Colorado.

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

Colorado Mesothelioma and Asbestos Statistics

Colorado has numerous natural asbestos deposits throughout the state, making exposure and mesothelioma a big threat for residents.

    • From 1999-2015, 484 Colorado residents died from mesothelioma
    • Colorado has a mesothelioma mortality rate of about 6 people per million (Source: CDC)
    • Asbestos is found abundantly in Colorado, largely from soil contamination from various industries located in cities like Denver, as well as naturally in the Rocky Mountains, San Juan Mountains, and at least 4 other deposits in the western region of the state (Source: USGS)
    • The areas with the most mesothelioma cases are concentrated in the central region of the state, largely around Denver and Colorado Springs (Source: CDC)

Asbestos Use in Colorado Work Environments

Asbestos has been directly used in various industries throughout Colorado, as well as many industries coming into contact with naturally occurring asbestos.

Power Plants:

Power plant equipment was largely made with asbestos materials for its heat resistance. Companies like the Pawnee Power Plant in Brush and the Ray D. Nixon Power Plant in Colorado Springs put their employees at risk of exposure.


Though there were no active asbestos mines in Colorado, miners of other minerals faced the possibility of exposure from natural asbestos in and around their jobsites. Workers for mining companies like the Peata Verde Silver Mining Company are at risk of developing mesothelioma.


Various manufacturers made use of asbestos in their equipment and processes. Manufacturers such as the Anheuser-Busch Company relied on asbestos in their facilities, putting their employees at risk.

Oil Refineries:

The oil refinery trade used asbestos frequently because of its resistance to most chemical processes. Conoco Oil Refinery and Gary Williams Energy are some of the oil refineries in Colorado where known exposure has occurred.


Asbestos was used often in the construction of military bases. The Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado is one site where veterans could have been exposed to asbestos. Veterans are at high risk of developing mesothelioma because of the mineral’s widespread use.

Asbestos Superfund Sites in Colorado

Colorado has sites around the state that were added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund List because of various environmental concerns, including a few with asbestos.

Lowry Landfill

Lowry Landfill was added to the list in 1984 after finding contamination in groundwater, surface water, soils and sediments from a variety of chemicals, including asbestos. The property consists of over 500 acres where an estimated 138 gallons of industrial liquid waste was disposed of in addition to various solid waste in unlined pits. The EPA and local agencies continue to monitor the remedial response to these improper waste practices.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal spans over nearly 27 square miles and is located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The site was originally owned by the U.S. Army where they manufactured chemical weapons. The site was later leased by various manufacturers who produced pesticides. The arsenal was placed on the Superfund list in 1987 after recognizing significant soil and water contamination from the variety of chemicals used and manufactured on the grounds since WWII. Monitoring and treatment efforts are still ongoing on an annual basis.

Colorado Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Colorado 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 Colorado Job Sites

Workplace asbestos exposure is also a concern if one looks beyond the major cities and towns in Colorado. Select a town below to see the list of its job sites known to have exposed workers to asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of the job sites revealed could have placed a worker at risk to develop mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos Risks at , CO Work Sites

  • A A Cox Construction Company
  • A.F.L. Paint
  • Abex Corporation Amsco Div
  • Acme Markets Inc
  • Adolph Coors Brewery
  • Advanced Neon Sign
  • Aec/Erda
  • Air Force Academy
  • Air Force Finance Center
  • Air Training Base
  • Airways Inc.
  • Alamo Hotel and Garage Company
  • Alamosa Community Hospital
  • Alamosa Power Plant
  • Albany Hotel Annex
  • Alexander Industries, Inc.
  • Alpha Beta Acme Packing Div
  • Am Beet Sugar Company
  • Am. Smelting and Refining Company
  • AMC Research Center
  • American Beet Sugar Company
  • American Crystal Sugar Company
  • American Crystal Sugar Company
  • American Gilsonate Company
  • American Gilsonite/Chevron
  • American Mang Steel Div
  • American Sheetmetal Shop
  • American Smelting and Refining Company
  • American Stores
  • American Theatre
  • Anheuser-Busch Company
  • Antlers Center and Holly Sugar Building
  • Antlers Hotel
  • Antlers Hotel Company
  • Antlers Plaza Hotel
  • Apex Insulation
  • Arapahoe Power Plant
  • Arapahoe Power Plant
  • Arizona Marble Company
  • Arkansas Valley Railway Light and Power Company
  • Armour and Company
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • Asamera Oil Usa
  • Asbestos Supply
  • Asmay Refinery
  • AT&T
  • Atmospheric Research Center
  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • B. H. Lichter and Company
  • Bay Petroleum Corporation
  • Bay Petroleum Refinery
  • Beet Sugar Factory
  • Berkeley Presbyterian Church
  • Best Western Denver West
  • Board of Water Commission
  • Boise Cascade Corp
  • Boston Food Prod
  • Boulder High School
  • Boulder Metal Products
  • Boulder Rolling Mills Company
  • Breach Plumbing & Heating
  • Brentwood Middle School
  • Broadmoor Cheyenne Mountain Hwy Tell Gate
  • Broadmoor Hotel
  • Brooks Towers
  • Brown Elementary School
  • Brown Palace Hotel
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Burn Zol Company
  • Burns Theatre
  • C F & I Engineers, Inc.
  • C F & I Steel Company
  • C F & I Steel Corp
  • C.B. & Q. Team Track
  • Cadet Quarters Afa
  • Cameo Power Plant
  • Camp Carson
  • Carson Residential Housing
  • Case Cutter
  • Celebrity Lane
  • Centel Corporation
  • Central High School
  • Central High School
  • Central YMCA
  • Cherokee Power Station
  • Cherokee Steam Electric Station
  • Chevron Oil Company
  • Chicago, Burlington, and Quiney Railroad
  • Childrens Hospital Association
  • Cipra Air Conditioning
  • Citizens Light Heat and Power Company
  • City and County Court House
  • City Hall
  • Clark Generating
  • Cletus G. Cooper
  • Climax Uranium Company
  • Clover Clubs Foods
  • Coffins Packing Company
  • Colo St Home For Depend and Neglected Children
  • Colo Tires and Iron Company
  • Colorado and Southern Railway Company
  • Colorado Building
  • Colorado Cold Storage Corp
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado Fuel & Iron Corporation
  • Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
  • Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
  • Colorado General Hospital
  • Colorado Ice and Cold Storage Company
  • Colorado Laundry Company
  • Colorado Packing and Provision Company
  • Colorado Refinery
  • Colorado School For The Deaf and Blind
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado Springs
  • Colorado Springs Electric Company
  • Colorado Springs Light Heat and Power Company
  • Colorado Springs Rapid Transit Company
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Colorado State Hospital
  • Colorado State Industrial School
  • Colorado State Industrial School
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado-Ute Electric Association, Inc
  • Columbine Building
  • Columbine Glass Company
  • Columbine Laundry Company
  • Comanche Powerhouse
  • Comanche Std.
  • Commanche Power Plant
  • Company Mental Hlth Inst At Pueblo
  • Conaway Furnace
  • Conoco Oil Refinery
  • Conspeco
  • Construction Specialties Company
  • Continental Oil Company
  • Continental Oil Company
  • Continental Oil Refinery
  • Coors Brewery
  • Coors Porcelain Company
  • Coppers Company
  • Corley Coal Company
  • Cosmopolitan Hotel
  • Court House
  • Courthouse Square Development
  • Craig Power Station
  • Craig Station
  • Crane Company
  • Curtis Sheetmetal
  • D & S Mechanical
  • D. S. Grimes Son
  • Dana Corporation Perfect
  • Day Mines, Inc.
  • Del Patrick Heating
  • Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company
  • Denver Auditorium
  • Denver Brick & Pipe Company
  • Denver City Cable Railway Company
  • Denver City Hall
  • Denver City Tramway Company
  • Denver Consolidated Electric Company
  • Denver Dry Goods Company
  • Denver Federal Center
  • Denver Gas and Electric Company
  • Denver Metro Sewage Company
  • Denver Missile Sites
  • Denver Municipal Airport
  • Denver Ordnance Plant
  • Denver Public Bath and Gymnasium
  • Denver Sewer Pipe and Clay Company
  • Denver Sheetmetal
  • Denver Tramway Power Company
  • Denver Us National Bank
  • Department of Public Utilities
  • Dietrich Standard
  • Dome Investment Company
  • Douglas Jardine Sheetmetal
  • Dow Chemical
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Drake Power Plant
  • Dravo Corporation
  • Duke Shepard Homes
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Economy Mechanical Industrial
  • El Paso Electric Company
  • El Paso Gold Mine
  • Electric Paso Mining Company
  • Electrical Installation Company
  • Empire Acoustics & Fireproof
  • Ernest and Cramner Building
  • Federal Correctional Institute
  • Federal Corrections Institution
  • Federal Reserve Building
  • Federal Youth Center
  • Feeney Insulation
  • Feeney Supply Company
  • Field House Afa
  • Fitzsimons General Hospital
  • Fort Carson
  • Fort Collins Light & Power
  • Fort Collins Sugar Company
  • Fort Saint Vrain Power Plant
  • Fort St. Vrain Generating Station
  • Fos Sheetmetal
  • Four Corners Power Plant
  • Franklin Park Apts
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Fruita Refinery
  • Garden Terrace Apts
  • Gary Refining Company
  • Gary Williams Energy
  • Gates Rubber Company
  • General Electric Company
  • General Iron Works
  • General Iron Works
  • Glockner Penrose Hospital
  • Glockner Sanatorium
  • Golden Cycle Mining and Reduction Company
  • Gosnell Construction
  • Grand Junction Regional Ctr
  • Grand Valley Oil & Shale
  • Graymore Sanatorium
  • Great Western Mach Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Great Western Sugar Company
  • Greenleaf Wholesale Florist
  • H L Bridgeman
  • Hawkins & Davis Crosswell Barnett Machine Company
  • Hayden Power Plant
  • Heating Incorporated
  • Hendrie & Bolthoff Manufacturing and Supply Company
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Hoffman Heights
  • Holy Ghost Church
  • Home Furnaces
  • House Heating
  • Hudson Energy Company
  • International Business Machines
  • International Rubber Company
  • Iron Silver Mining Company
  • J C St John Plumbing and Heating Company
  • J D Insulations
  • J. W. Lawrence
  • Jewish Consumptives Relief Society
  • Job A Cooper
  • John Evans Junior High School
  • Johns Manville Corporation
  • Johnson Davis Power Plant
  • K&B Packing and Provision Company
  • Kindle & Angelo Sheetmetal
  • Kitayama Bros Greenhouse
  • Kitayama Brothers
  • Kodak
  • Kuner Pickle Company
  • La Comb Powerplant
  • Lacombe Station
  • Landmark Petroleum
  • Larimer Light and Power Company
  • Las Animas Electric Company
  • Lauren Burt, Incorporated
  • Leadville Gas and Electric Company
  • Leadville Light and Power Company
  • Lindrooth Shubart and Company
  • Littleton Creamery Company
  • Longero Inc
  • Longmont Beet Sugar Company
  • Loretto Heights College
  • Louisiana Pacific
  • Lowry Air Force Base
  • M.A. Mackay Company
  • Macarthur Company
  • Madison Elementary School
  • Madre Tierra Sugar
  • Martin Company Plant
  • Martin Drake Power Plant
  • Martin-Marietta
  • Martin-Marietta
  • Masonic Temple
  • May D & F
  • Mc Phee and Mcginnity Lumber Company
  • Mckinney Concrete Produc
  • Mead & Mount Construction
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Merriot Motel
  • Mesa Insulation
  • Midland Savings and Loan Company Building
  • Midwest Plumbing and Heating Inc.
  • Mile High Building
  • Mine and Smelter Supply Company
  • Mobil Oil Corporation
  • Monfort Packing Company
  • Morey Mercantile Company
  • Morgan County Construction Company
  • Morse Mach Company
  • Mountain Bell Telephone Building
  • Mountain States Engr.
  • Mountain States Tel. & Tel.
  • MSI Industries
  • Municipal Power Plant
  • Munro Supply
  • Myron Stratton Home Power Hse
  • Nallays Inc
  • National Biscuit Company
  • Natkin & Company
  • Nielson Plastering
  • Northeast Burnzol Company
  • Northwest Heating
  • Nuckolls Packing Company
  • Nucla Power Station
  • Olsen Plumbing & Heating
  • Opera House Block
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Oxnard Construction Company
  • Palmer Center
  • Pawnee Power Plant
  • Peata Verde Silver Mining Company
  • Penn Chemical Works
  • Penrose Hospital
  • Penrose Library
  • Phillip Zang and Company
  • Phillips Elementary School
  • Plateau Supply Company
  • Platte River Power Authority
  • Porter Memorial Hospital
  • Powers Ind Ins
  • Public Service Colorado
  • Public Service Colorado
  • Public Service Company of Colorado
  • Public Service Company of Colorado
  • Public Service Company of Colorado
  • Public Service Company of Colorado
  • Public Service Company of Colorado
  • Public Service Company of Colorado
  • Public Service of Colorado
  • Puebleo By Products Company
  • Pueblo and Suburban Traction Lighting Company
  • Pueblo Central School
  • Pueblo Power Plant
  • Pueblo Smelting and Refining Company
  • Pueblo St. Railway Company
  • Pueblo Traction and Lighting Company
  • Pueblo Wae Lighting Company
  • Rawhide Energy Station
  • Ray D. Nixon Power Plant
  • Red Seal Inc
  • Redlands Water & Power Company
  • Reffel J W Metal Foundry Inc
  • Republic Building
  • Republic Construction Company
  • Richard M. Nixon Power Plant
  • Robinson Brk & Tile
  • Rock Wool Insulating Company
  • Rocky Flats Plant
  • Rocky Flats Power Plant
  • Rocky Ford Power Plant
  • Rocky Mount Brewery
  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal
  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal
  • Rocky Mountain Power
  • Rocky Mountain Service, Inc.
  • Rocky Mountain Supply
  • Roderick Garage
  • Roger Inc
  • Rush Matl Distr
  • Rutherford Plumbing & Heating
  • Sam Fox Sheetmetal
  • Sayre Newton Lumber Company
  • Schmidt Incinerators Company
  • Schmidt Manufacturing Corp
  • Scott Elementary School
  • Shell Chemical
  • Shell Chemical
  • Shell Chemical Company
  • Skyway Park School
  • Smith School
  • Southern Colorado Power Company
  • Southern Colorado Power Company
  • Southern Colorado Power Company
  • Southern Sierras Power Company
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • St. Mary Corwin Hospital
  • St. Thomas Seminary
  • Stainless Equipment
  • Standard Fire Brick Company
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • State Agricultural College
  • State Highway Dept
  • State Home and Training School
  • State Hospital Addition
  • State Steam Plant
  • State Teachers College
  • Steam Plant
  • Stearns-Rogers Inc.
  • Stovers Candy
  • Strong Gold Mining Company
  • Swift & Company
  • Theo L Carson Company
  • Thermatic Heating
  • Tibbetts Plumbing & Heating
  • Titan Missile Sites
  • Total Refinery
  • Tower Building
  • Tri State Craig Station
  • Tri State Gandt Association
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • Trinidad Electric Light Heat and Power Company
  • Trinidad Electric Railroad Company
  • Trinidad Electric Transmission Railway and Gas Company
  • Trinidad Municipal Power & Light Dept.
  • Trinidad Power Plant
  • Trinidad Sheetmetal
  • Triplex of America
  • Twin Lakes Power Plant
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Air Force Finance Center
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. West Communications
  • Ultramar Diamond Colorado
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Union Power Plant
  • Union Printers Home
  • Union Stockyards
  • United Sheetmetal & Iron Works
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Atomic Energy Commission
  • United States Federal Jail
  • United States National Bank Building
  • United States Vanadium Corporation
  • United States Zinc Company
  • University Hosp Health Sci
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Utilicorp United Inc
  • Utilicorp United Inc
  • Utilicorp United Inc
  • Utility Control & Equipment
  • Utility Control & Equipment
  • Vail Association, Inc.
  • Valmont Powerhouse
  • Valmont Station
  • Van Genderen Sheetmetal
  • Veterans Administration
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Walker Lybarger Const Company
  • Walter Brewing Company
  • Watson Grant Company
  • Webb and Knapp
  • West High School
  • West Plains Energy
  • Western Chemical Manufacturing Company
  • Western Forge Corporation
  • Western Foundries
  • Western Iron Mills
  • Western Packing Company
  • Western Sheetmetal
  • Western Sugar
  • Western Sugar Company
  • Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
  • Wheeler Sheetmetal
  • William Russell Coal Company
  • Worthington Pump & Machinery Corporation
  • Xcel Energy
  • Xcel Energy
  • Xcel Energy
  • Xcel Energy
  • Yak Mining and Milling and Tunnel Company
  • Young Mens Christain Associtaion
  • Zang Brewing Company
  • Zuni Power Plant

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