In an ongoing effort to help understand mesothelioma and what parts of the country are affected the most, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has kept close records on asbestos-related fatalities in all states in the nation. Currently, the top five states for the most asbestos-related fatalities are as follows:
Along with being one of the largest states in the nation, Texas comes in 5th for the most asbestos-related fatalities, with an estimated death count of between 2,600 to 3,627.
Texas once used asbestos at job sites such as chemical plants, car factories, paper mills, and a myriad of shipping companies. In fact, over 600,00 tons of asbestos has been shipped to various shipping companies throughout Texas.
There are records of several asbestos exposure sites throughout Pennsylvania, making it the 4th leading state for asbestos-related fatalities, with a death count between 3,000 to 3,900.
Along with numerous Pennsylvania shipyards that heavily relied on asbestos, massive amounts of asbestos was shipped to Pennsylvania from Libby, Montana, the home of one of the largest asbestos processing sites in history.
#3: New York
New York is a state with a massive industrial industry, which once used asbestos at a variety of job sites. As a result, New York is the 3rd leading state for asbestos-related fatalities, with an estimated death count of over 3,000 people.
The Johns Manville company, one of the first businesses to start asbestos manufacturing, began in New York. In addition, asbestos was found throughout the state’s power plants, manufacturing plants, shipyards, paper mills, construction sites, and metalwork facilities.
With an estimated amount of asbestos-related deaths ranging from 3,000 to over 4,400, Florida is the 2nd leading state.
Along with heavy use of asbestos in shipyards, another reason Florida ranks so prominently for asbestos-related deaths stems from the fact that thousand of people retire in Florida each year. Since mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases typically surface over 30 years after exposure, most victims are of retirement age before they even realize they have an asbestos illness.
Additionally, over 100,000 tons of asbestos was shipped to Florida cities, including Jacksonville, Boca Raton, Miami, Tampa, and Pompano Beach.
Similar to Texas, California is one of the most largest states in the nation. However, it’s asbestos-related death count surpasses Texas, making California the leading state for the most asbestos-related fatalities with an average of over 5,000 deaths.
Along with having the highest death count, California also had some of the most polluted, contaminated sites in the nation, leading the EPA to create several Superfund programs in the state.
From ships, industrial yards, paper mills, and 45 counties with natural asbestos deposits, there has been a long history of asbestos associated with the state. The highest concentration of asbestos-related deaths have occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose.
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