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Asbestos Exposure in Alaska

The long latency period (i.e., the period of time between exposure and the appearance of symptoms) of mesothelioma still threatens residents who were once exposed to asbestos. When residents come into contact with the toxic fiber, they may inhale or ingest airborne fibers, causing tumors to develop over time.

Different companies used the toxin in building materials like pipes, insulation, floor tiles, and textured paints for its extra strength and fire-resistant capabilities. Many structures built before 1970 still contain contamination. Cities in Alaska where residents risk possible asbestos exposure include:

  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Juneau
  • Kalakaket
  • Kanakanak
  • Nome
  • Port Heiden
  • Seward

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Occupational Exposure

Job sites throughout Alaska were responsible for exposing employees to hazardous materials, including insulation around boilers, air ducts, ceiling tiles, water tanks, and sprayed ceilings or beams. Exposure often happened in the following Alaskan career fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Industrial plants
  • Insulation
  • Shipbuilding
  • Mining
  • Milling
  • Oil refining
  • Power generation

Several companies in the state are known to have exposed workers to the toxin, including:

  • Alaska Gold Company
  • Alaskan Pipeline at Valdez
  • Alaska Pulp Corporation
  • Anchorage Hospital
  • Arctic Surplus Salvage Yard
  • Bullen Point Radar Installation
  • Fish Creek Quarry
  • Galena Airport
  • Georgia Pacific Paper Mill
  • Golden Valley Electric Association
  • Sitka Paper Mill

Asbestos Mineral Deposits in Alaska

Alaska’s abundance of natural mineral deposits (including asbestos) put miners and surrounding populations at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness. Deposits are located along the state’s panhandle, and Central, West, North, and Southeast Alaska.

The state’s high demand for gravel has been a major influence in mining and processing. Workers often experience poor working conditions with minimal protection. Miners in the state could have been experienced hazardous exposure at several work sites, including:

  • California Creek Mine
  • Lemon Creek Quarry
  • Treadwell Quarry

Military Bases

Prior to asbestos regulation in the 1970s, all five military branches relied heavily on contaminated products. Today, veterans risk developing mesothelioma from prior proximity to military property like aircraft, engine rooms, sleeping barracks, and mess halls. At-risk jobs include:

  • Aircraft Handler
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Artilleryman
  • Boatswain’s Mate
  • Damage Controlman
  • Electrical Systems Specialist
  • Environmental Systems Specialist
  • Fire Control Technician
  • Gunner’s Mate
  • Hull Maintenance Technician
  • Infantryman
  • Machinery Repairman
  • Machinist’s Mate
  • Marine Inspectors
  • Marines on Navy Ships
  • Mechanic
  • Metalsmith
  • Pipefitter
  • Radioman
  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • Water Tender
  • Welder

Several military bases throughout Alaska disposed of contaminated waste at various sites on each property, including:

  • Air Station Kodiak
  • Campion Air Force Base
  • Clear Air Force Bases
  • Eielson Air Force Base
  • Elmendorf Air Force Base
  • Fort Greeley
  • Fort Rubardosn
  • Fort Wainwright
  • For Yukon Air Force Station
  • Indian Mountain Air Force Station
  • Murphy Dome Air Force Station
  • Tatalina Air Force Station
  • Tin City Air Force Station

The Naval Air Station Kodiak was founded in 1941 by Commander John Perry. The location served as the principal advance Naval base in Alaska and most of the North Pacific during World War II. The shipyard built and stored ships, aircraft, and submarines, which all used significant amounts of asbestos throughout multiple components.
This is an image displaying the contamination in landfills.

Contamination at Landfills

Some landfills in The Land of the Midnight Sun are permitted to accept the carcinogen. Working at or visiting these landfills can lead to airborne exposure to carcinogens. Alaska landfills that accept the toxin include:

NameLocation
Adak LandfillAdak Island, AK
Amchitka ROTHR FacilityAmchitka Island, AK
Anchorage/Kinkaid LandfillAnchorage, AK
Anchorage Regional LandfillAnchorage, AK
Bear Creek RRSNorthern Alaska, AK
Bethel White Alice LandfillBethel, AK
Channel SanitationJuneau, AK
Cordova BalefillCordova, AK
Fairbanks LandfillFairbanks, AK
Gold King Creek LandfillNorthern Alaska, AK
Granite Mountain LandfillNorthern Alaska, AK
Haines Sanitation SiteHaines, AK
Kenai LandfillKenai, AK
Ketchikan LandfillKetchikan, AK
King Salmon LandfillKing Salmon, AK
Kodiak Chiniak SiteKodiak Island, AK
Kodiak LandfillKodiak Island, AK
Naknek LandfillNaknek, AK
Nenana LandfillNenana, AK
Nikolski LandfillNikolski, AK
Petersburg LandfillPetersburg, AK
Shemya Island LandfillShemya Island, AK
Sitka LandfillSitka, AK
Sitkinak LandfillSitkinak, AK
Soldotna LandfillSoldotna, AK
Sparrevohn LandfillSparrevohn, AK
Wasilla-Palmer LandfillWasilla, AK

Legal Help for Residents

If you are an Alaskan with mesothelioma as a result of an individual or organization’s negligence, you can file a lawsuit against one or more companies liable for your exposure. Residents have two years to file a claim after a diagnosis. Surviving family members, including children, spouses, parents, and siblings, can file a wrongful death claim within two years after their loved one passed away from a related illness.

An experienced asbestos lawyer can help you identify the company or companies responsible, help you receive as much compensation as possible, and ensure the appropriate suits are filed. To receive help from qualified, experienced lawyers, fill out a free case evaluation form.

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