Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Kentucky
If you live in the state of Kentucky and have worked there for significant amount of time, there is a chance that you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems including mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and other non-malignant lung impairments.
To assist people who live in Kentucky, we have provided statistics about asbestos and mesothelioma in Kentucky. We have also included descriptions of the industries and lists of cities, towns and specific job sites in Kentucky where asbestos exposure is likely to have occurred. Treatment options and recent news about asbestos and mesothelioma in Kentucky are also provided.
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Statistics in Kentucky
Kentucky does not have any known natural asbestos deposits, but that doesn’t mean exposure wasn’t a threat in the state.
From 1999-2015, 490 Kentucky residents died from mesothelioma
- Kentucky has a mesothelioma mortality rate of about 7 people per million annually (Source: CDC)
- Kentucky has no natural asbestos deposits or any active asbestos prospects (Source: USGS)
- Greenup County in Kentucky experienced an age-adjusted mesothelioma death rate of about 33 people per million, making it among the top 50 counties in the U.S. with the highest mortality rate from 2000-2004 (Source: CDC)
Asbestos Use Across Kentucky Industries
Since Kentucky has no naturally occurring asbestos, that means the majority of exposure occurred in the workplace or as a result of secondhand exposure from workers in these industries.
Louisville Chemical Plant and Alcoa Aluminum relied on crocidolite or “blue asbestos,” which is considered the most lethal kind of asbestos because of its brittle nature. This type of asbestos was perfect for use in chemical plants because of its resistance to highly caustic chemicals.
Military bases, like Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, used asbestos throughout their construction. Veterans on base, as well as any maintenance workers, were all at risk of exposure to the mineral.
Marathon Refinery Kentucky and Somerset Refinery are just two examples of these operations that relied on asbestos. Because the mineral is so durable, it was a go-to material for equipment in oil refineries, thus putting these workers at a high risk of exposure.
Older school buildings throughout the country have problems with asbestos. Kentucky has known asbestos in schools for all age levels, including Ballard Elementary in Jefferson and Carroll County High School in Carrollton. Colleges in the state also have used asbestos in their construction projects. Murray State University has known asbestos throughout many buildings on campus, as well as Eastern Kentucky University.
Machinery that generates power, like boilers, turbines and generators, often contained asbestos materials to help mitigate the risk of fires or combustion. Though asbestos was used to protect the equipment and workers, plants such as the Paradise Power Plant in Western Kentucky put power plant workers at a high risk of exposure.
Asbestos Superfund Sites in Kentucky
The Environmental Protection Agency put together a priority list of Superfund sites around the country that needed cleanup from a variety of environmental hazards, like asbestos. Kentucky has a number of sites included on the list, and one with asbestos concerns.
National Southwire Aluminum Company
The 1,100 acre plant in Hawesville began operations back in 1969 as an aluminum reduction company. The National Southwire Aluminum Company was added to the Superfund List in 1994 after investigations found contaminated groundwater and soil from the plant’s operations and waste disposal. These contaminants including a variety of metals, like aluminum and copper, and other materials like asbestos. In 2011, the EPA finished cleanup efforts for the site and it was removed from the Superfund List. The site will continue to be evaluated every 5 years with ongoing maintenance activities.
Asbestos Exposure in Kentucky Cities
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Kentucky 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 Other Kentucky Work Sites
Workplace asbestos exposure is also a concern if one looks beyond the major cities and towns in Kentucky. 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.
Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Kentucky
Whether you are looking for help with getting an accurate diagnosis or you are looking for help developing a treatment plan, the following mesothelioma cancer centers in Kentucky have the resources to assist you. Click on a cancer center link for more information about the clinical programs offered, affiliated mesothelioma doctors and how to contact the cancer center.
University of Louisville Health Sciences Center
James Graham Brown Cancer Center
529 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40292
Contact a Mesothelioma Doctor in Kentucky
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and live in the state of Kentucky, the following doctors who have expertise in mesothelioma treatment and who practice in Kentucky are available to assist you. Click on a specific doctor to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.
Dr. Timothy W. Mullett
Markey Cancer Center
Whitney-Hendrickson Building First Floor
Lexington, KY 40536
Limited Time to File an Asbestos Claim in Kentucky
Don’t lose your right to file a mesothelioma claim. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Kentucky, you may be entitled to compensation. You must file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of Kentucky.
Help for Kentucky Mesothelioma Patients
- Request a Free Mesothelioma Treatment Guide
- Financial Assistance Available to Help with Treatment Costs
- Locate the Nearest Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky
Asbestos-Related News in Kentucky
A 61-year-old man filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Morehead State University for health problems he says resulted from asbestos exposure during his time there.Sources
Bowker, Michael. Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos is Killing America. (New York: Touchstone, 2003.)
Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.
Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Kentucky.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma. September 2005.
Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. “Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).