Mesothelioma is a devastating cancer of the lung and abdominal linings that is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. It is diagnosed in 3,000 patients annually, and the five-year survivability rate is only 5-10%. (Cancer.org)
Asbestos use is greatly restricted today, but it was used for heat and fire protection in many industries for over a century. Because of its long latency period, you could have been exposed to asbestos decades ago and still get the disease today.
Mesothelioma is almost entirely preventable, but many companies in New Mexico used asbestos in their operations because it was cheap and effective. But these benefits came at the cost of workers’ health and lives.
Asbestos exposure usually occurs in heavy industry and manufacturing work. New Mexico residents who do not work near asbestos-containing products usually do not have a high risk of being exposed to asbestos.
However, there are 11 known asbestos sites in New Mexico, including four of chrysotile asbestos and two deposits of amphibole asbestos. The asbestos deposits are usually found in the southwestern part of the state.
It was common for a variety of companies in New Mexico to use asbestos because it is highly resistant to heat, fire, and chemical reactions. Those who worked in shipbuilding, construction, oil refining, steel making and more had a higher risk of being exposed to asbestos. (mesothelioma.com)
New Mexico Sites of Asbestos Exposure
If you work in New Mexico, you may have suffered asbestos exposure by a negligent company. Below are some industries and companies that have exposed workers to asbestos in New Mexico. (mesothelioma.com)
Albuquerque is the home of energy production, manufacturing and industrial companies where asbestos contamination was a problem. It is estimated that nearly 60,000 tons of raw asbestos were shipped to this city from Libby, Montana over the decades.
Oil and gas refineries are big business in New Mexico. The state has been a large producer of oil since the early 20th century, and approximately 11,000 workers are employed in the industry today. The complex industrial processes needed to make crude oil into petroleum requires a lot of heat and chemical reactions, so asbestos was used in oil refineries to protect workers and equipment from heat.
New Mexico’s Giant Refining and Navajo Refining were heavy users of asbestos, so their workers were at serious risk of developing mesothelioma.
Power plants in New Mexico built before the 1980s probably contain asbestos, including asbestos insulation. Many types of equipment in these facilities, such as thermal control devices and turbines, also are likely to contain asbestos. Two power plants in New Mexico with known asbestos problems are United Nuclear Corporation and Albuquerque Gas & Electric Company. (mesothelioma.com)
New Mexico never had any active asbestos mines, but other mines in the state have found traces of asbestos. According to the New Mexico Environment Department, asbestos has been found in mines for talc, limestone, and copper.
Even small amounts of asbestos exposure can risk the health of workers. Phelps Dodge Mining, Chino Mines Company, and Kerr Mcgee Potasa Mine have all had asbestos exposure in their mining operations.
Railroad employees were at higher risk of exposure to asbestos because of the great use of asbestos on steam engines. Many parts of steam engines contained asbestos, such as gaskets, pipes, and boilers. A.T and Santa Fe Railway System and Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad are two facilities with known asbestos problems.
One of the biggest employers in New Mexico is Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, which employs more than 20,000 people. From 1940 to 1970, asbestos was often used in the military on bases and in ships and aircraft.
New Mexico Job Sites With Asbestos Exposure
Some of the companies in New Mexico that have had asbestos exposure problems include: (asbestos.com)
- San Juan Powerhouse
- Kirtland Air Force Base
- University of New Mexico
- Ownes Corning Fiberglass
- Reeves Power Plant
- Phelps Dodge Mining
- Four Corners Power Plant
- Alta Vista Middle School
New Mexico Asbestos Exposure Laws
New Mexico’s asbestos regulations follow the rules established by the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) to protect the public health and the environment by reducing the release of asbestos fibers into the air.
The rules in New Mexico apply to the owner of the facility and to the contractor. The regulations require that renovation or demolition notices have to be submitted to the Air Quality Bureau when certain requirements are met. (ENV.NM.gov)
New Mexico Mesothelioma Attorneys
If you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition in New Mexico, please contact one of these highly regarded mesothelioma attorneys:
Black Law Group
505 Cerrillos Road, Suite A209
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
When you or a loved one is diagnosed with asbestos cancer, you want to put your focus on mesothelioma cancer treatment options and trying to manage the health problem. But the financial toll of the high medical costs and disability can make handling the diagnosis more challenging. Black Law Group provides compassionate support to mesothelioma victims and their loved ones.
James Wood Law
601 Marble Avenue NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102
People who have been exposed to asbestos and have mesothelioma may want to contact James Wood Law in Mexico today. He is a board-certified trial attorney with 20 years of experience representing victims of negligence, including asbestos exposure and asbestos claims after death. He offers a complimentary consultation, hospital, and home visits.
127 Bryn Mawr Drive SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106
Davis Kelin is an experienced Albuquerque personal injury law firm that has obtained large mesothelioma asbestos settlements and verdicts for workers who were diagnosed with mesothelioma. Taking on negligent, large companies takes skill, resources, and tenacity, and Davis Kelin is ready to help you.
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