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Asbestos from Chemical Plants

Although asbestos was in use even in ancient Greece and Rome, it did not regain popularity until the Industrial Revolution. This is because asbestos was widely used as insulation—it resists heat, flame, electricity, and chemicals. Thus, with the rise of electricity and chemical plants, people recognized the need for strong insulation. Sadly though, it was not until the 1950s that doctors and researchers understood the link between mesothelioma and asbestos.

The Dangers of Chemical Plant Accidents

Doctors did not acknowledge the dangers of asbestos until the 1950s, and the government did not largely ban and phase-out this material until the 1980s. Therefore, any chemical plants built before the 1980s has a high possibility of containing asbestos. Some older chemical plants in the United States include:

  • Collier Carbon and Chemical Corporation
  • Dow Chemical Plant
  • Naugatuck Chemical Company
  • Monsanto Chemical Company

Recent Chemical Spills

As these plants age or have accidents, they can release dangerous chemicals as well as asbestos into their surrounding environments. This endangers not only plant workers, but also emergency workers and residents in nearby communities. Chemical plant accidents in the past century have released chemicals such as:

  • Chlorine and chlorine vapors
  • Calsol
  • Mercury
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Sodium hydrosulfite
  • Petroleum naphtha
  • Insecticides/pesticides

Frustratingly, with a chemical spill, the chemicals are not the only danger. While emergency workers may clean up the chemicals, they cannot always detect and contain microscopic asbestos fibers that are released into the air during a spill.

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If you have lived near or worked in a chemical plant, you may have suffered from asbestos exposure. For more information regarding the risks and health problems associated with asbestos, please contact the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center today.

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