Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Nevada

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Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems including pleural mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. If you have lived and worked in Nevada for a significant amount of time, there is a chance that you were exposed to asbestos at home or in the workplace. For your convenience, we have compiled information about asbestos and mesothelioma in the state of Nevada. 

01. Statistics

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Statistics in Nevada

Most people in Nevada live in and around Las Vegas, though there are are several smaller cities, including Reno and the Carson City, the state capital.

  • From 1999-2015, approximately 280 Nevada residents died from mesothelioma
  • Nevada has a below-average mesothelioma death rate of 11.6 people per million each year (Source: CDC)
  • Nevada has 6 known natural asbestos deposits in the central and northern parts of the state, away from population centers (Source: USGS)
  • Clark County has the highest number of mesothelioma cases in Nevada, mostly due to the high population in and around Las Vegas (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association)
02. Asbestos in Workplaces

Asbestos Use Across Nevada Industries

Nevada is mostly known for the casinos and entertainments found in Las Vegas and Reno; however, a number of other industries in the state are responsible for exposing workers, residents, and visitors to the danger of asbestos.


Las Vegas has been built and rebuilt time again, and the churning nature of the city has exposed many people to the dangers of asbestos over the decades as buildings have been erected, renovated, and demolished. The city’s extensive history of construction and redevelopment make asbestos exposure an ongoing concern for construction workers and their loved ones, as well as the city’s millions of tourists who visit annually. Some of the Las Vegas attractions and resorts that have been known to contain asbestos include the Hilton Hotel, the MGM Grand Hotel, the Stardust Hotel Casino, and Caesars Palace.


With so many visitors to the state each year, transportation has always been a major concern for Nevada. As a vacation destination, Las Vegas also became a sort of transportation hub, with railroads like the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company and the Union Pacific Railroad Company providing transport services to the city. Asbestos was used in a number of applications, such as brakes, gaskets, and insulation around the engines.

Power Plants:

Large power supplies are needed for Las Vegas itself, with other Nevada cities having their own power requirements as well. Given the use of asbestos in many power plants to prevent fires and insulate electrical wires and conduits, many people who worked at the power-generating facilities were exposed to the deadly material. Some of the locations known to have exposures include Desert Peak Power Plant, Empire Farms Power Plant, the Nevada Power Company, and Harry Allen Power Station.


After Las Vegas entertainment, Nevada is perhaps most well known as the home state of Area 51, a super-secret military installation located on part of the Nevada Test and Training Range. While Area 51 might not contain any alien aircraft, it almost certainly has seen its fair share of asbestos over the years, as have other military bases located in Nevada, including Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Stead Air Force Base near Reno, and Laughlin Air Force Base. Veterans who formerly served at these or other military installations in Nevada may have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma than the average person.

03. Exposure in Cities

Nevada Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Asbestos exposure on the job is known to have occurred in the following Nevada cities. Prolonged asbestos exposure can cause the terminal cancer mesothelioma as well as other asbestos-related diseases. Click on any city below to view a complete list of commercial, military and residential job sites where asbestos exposure occurred in that city.

04. Other Work Sites

Asbestos Risks at Smaller Nevada Job Sites

Workplace asbestos exposure is also a concern if one looks beyond the major cities and towns in Nevada. 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.

Nevada Directory of Asbestos Work Sites

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

, Nevada Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

  • Allied Insulation Company
  • American Bonate Company
  • American Linen Supply Company
  • American Potash & Chemical Corporation
  • American Potash and Chemical Corporation
  • Apex Lime Plant
  • Apex Plastering Company
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation (ACandS, Inc.)
  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Atomic Test Site
  • Basic Magnesium Company
  • Basic Magnesium, Inc.
  • Basic Magnesium, Inc.
  • Beowawe Power Plant
  • Brady Power Plant
  • Caesars Palace
  • Catalytic Construction
  • Defense Plant Corporation
  • Desert Inn Hotel
  • Desert Peak Power Plant
  • Dixie Valley Power Plant
  • Dorcon, Inc.
  • Eagle-Picher Lead
  • Edward W. Clark Generating Station
  • Empire Farms Power Plant
  • Fiberboard Paper Products Corporation
  • Flintkote
  • Foreland Refining
  • Fort Churchill Generating Station
  • Frank A. Tracy Generating Station
  • Harry Allen Power Station
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation
  • Las Vegas County Courthouse
  • Las Vegas Machine, Inc.
  • Las Vegas Van & Transfer Siding
  • Laughlin Air Force Base
  • Magma Energy’s Soda Lake I & II Geothermal Energy Plants
  • Manganese Inc
  • Manganese Ore Corp
  • Mcneil Construction Company
  • MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
  • Mojave Generating Station
  • Montrose Chemical
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Multiple Chamber Incinerator
  • Murray B. Marsh Company
  • Nellis Air Force Base
  • Nevada Pipeline
  • Nevada Power Company
  • Nevada Power Company
  • Nevada State Printing Office
  • Nevada Test Site
  • North Las Vegas Shopping Center
  • Nugget Casino
  • O’Brien Middle School
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
  • Pacific Fruit Express Company
  • Pine Middle School
  • Piñon Pine Power Plant
  • Procter R. Hug High School
  • Reid Gardner Power Plant
  • Reid Gardner Station
  • Reno Bell Telephone building
  • Reno Feed and Seed Spur
  • Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • Reynolds Electric
  • San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company
  • Scott Rigging Company
  • Shirley Company
  • Showboat Hotel and Casino, Casino and Lanes
  • Sierra Pacific Power Company
  • Sierra Pacific Power Company
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Southern Nevada Power Company
  • Southern Pacific Railroad Company
  • Southern Pacific Railroad Company
  • Stardust Hotel and Casino
  • State Stove & Manufacturing Company
  • Stauffer Chemical Company
  • Stauffer Chemical Company
  • Stead Air Force Base
  • Steamboat Power Plants Complex
  • Suncoast Hotel and Casino
  • Sunrise Power Plant
  • Timet Power Plant
  • Titanium Chemical Plant
  • Titanium Metals Corp of America
  • Tropicana Hotel
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Union Pacific System
  • United States Vanadium Corporation
  • University of Nevada
  • Us Lime Products Corporation
  • Valmy Generating Station
  • Wabuska
  • Washoe Medical Center
  • Wells Cargo Inc
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Western Electrochemical Company
  • Western Laundry and Linen Rental Company
  • Wooster High School

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  • 1

    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.

  • 2

    Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Nevada.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)

  • 3

    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.