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Because of its fire-resistant properties and ability to withstand high temperatures, asbestos was used extensively in power plants from the 50s through the 70s. Asbestos could be found in insulation, gaskets, floor and ceiling materials. Equipment that needed to be maintained, such as boilers, turbines and generators were all insulated with or had parts containing asbestos.
As a result, power plant workers are at a high risk of developing malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer and asbestosis.
Asbestos products were especially used in power plants in the United States from the 1950s into the 1970s. Coal-fired plants, steam plants, hydro-electric plants and nuclear power plants require equipment like generators, turbines and boilers that were likely to be insulated with asbestos. The associated extreme temperature applications, such as steam pipes, turbines, boilers, tanks and other vessels, were typically insulated with asbestos-containing products like pipe covering, block insulation, gaskets and refractory cement.
Workers are at risk of developing mesothelioma for decades after their exposure to asbestos in the power plants. This is because mesothelioma is a latent disease. In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause other cancers whose symptoms don’t appear until decades after the exposure occurs. Martin & Jones has represented power plant workers for over 25 years.
The following are some of the power plants in the United States that were built using asbestos-containing materials: