Many residents and workers in Alaska have been exposed to asbestos. Exposure has come from military sites, industrial workplaces, and natural deposits. Those exposed are now at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. They are also hiring Alaska mesothelioma lawyers to help them fight back and win justice and compensation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify to receive significant compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about top Alaska mesothelioma lawyers, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
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Alaska Asbestos Statistics
- From 1999 to 2013, 407 deaths related to asbestos were recorded in Alaska.
- Most deaths related to asbestos exposure came from lung cancer, while the rest were a result of mesothelioma or asbestosis.
- The Anchorage Borough has the highest number of asbestos deaths in Alaska.
Do I Need an Alaska Mesothelioma Lawyer?
If you were exposed to asbestos; if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness; if someone in your family died because of an asbestos disease, you may want take legal action to hold those accountable responsible. There are several reasons it’s important to choose the right lawyer to proceed:
- An Alaska mesothelioma lawyer understand the complicated laws related to these cases.
- Only a lawyer with expertise in these cases can give you the best chance of winning.
- A lawyer will outline your options and explain them so you can make the best choice.
- There is a time limit on filing asbestos lawsuits, so you need to get organized and act fast.
- The right lawyer will be able to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
Asbestos in Alaska Military Sites
Many sites in Alaska once used by the Department of Defense and its separate armed branches are contaminated with man-made asbestos materials:
- The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of radar stations stretched across Alaska and Canada’s Arctic regions and was used to provide early warning of Soviet bomber flights or missile launches. Personnel assigned to DEW stations lived in military-style housing and used jeeps, planes and other forms of government transportation. Asbestos was present in all of these.
- The former DEW site known as Collinson Point was also contaminated by various hazardous materials. Also known as Brownlow Point, Collinson Point ceased operations in 1963 but it was polluted by fuel spills, asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Although the site has been cleaned up by state and federal environmental agencies, asbestos lingers in the water and topsoil.
- Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Elmendorf Field is the Air Force component of a major military facility near Anchorage. The base utilized asbestos containing materials in large quantities. Though asbestos-containing materials were found in aircraft, vehicles, electronic equipment and even building materials, the highest concentrations were in the base’s powerhouse.
Where Else Was Asbestos Used in Alaska?
Although military facilities were large-scale users of asbestos containing materials, other industries also relied on them. Industries such as construction shipbuilding, oil production, manufacturing, steel and iron works, and electricity generation used asbestos to protect their facilities from fires and heat-related damage and to add strength to materials.
Asbestos in the Workplace
For decades Alaskan workers were exposed to asbestos fibers in the workplace. According to Alaska’s DEC Division of Air Quality, asbestos fibers are still found in commercial products now in use. These products include cement shingles, vinyl/asbestos floor tiles, brake pads, corrugated sheets, pipe and furnace wraps, and textured paints.
Some of the workplaces, both military and civilian, known to have contained asbestos include:
- Adak Naval Air Station
- Alaska Pulp Corporation
- Port Heiden Clams
- Arctic Surplus
- Collinson Point Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line site
- Eielson Air Force Base
- Ft. Richardson U.S. Army Base
- Ft. Wainwright U.S. Army Base
- Galena Airport/Galena Air Force Station
- Galena Radar Base
- Ambler Gravel Pit
- Salt Chuck Mine
- Cape Romanzof Long Range Radar (LRR) Site
- Bullen Point Radar Installation
- Elmendorf Air Force Base
- Fish Creek Quarry
- Lemon Creek Quarry
- Treadwell Quarry
- Ambler Gravel Pit
- Slate Creek Asbestos
- Golden Valley Electric Association
- Bonnie Brae Quarry
- Alaskan Pipeline at Valdez
Asbestos in Alaska Buildings
Public buildings, including schools, courts, libraries, hospitals, and other government facilities built before 1980 may contain deposits of asbestos. Any building scheduled for renovation work or demolition first undergoes a thorough abatement-and-disposal process.
This is to prevent asbestos fibers from spreading into the environment. Inspections and removal of asbestos should only be done by EPA certified abatement contractors with safe work practices and experience in handling asbestos.
Residential buildings built before the 1980s can also contain asbestos. Care needs to be taken to ensure asbestos insulation and other materials are safely contained and that renovations are conducted under strict safety measures.
Alaska’s Naturally-Occurring Asbestos Deposits
According to Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), there are major deposits of naturally occurring asbestos (NOAs) in various regions of the state:
- Four large concentrations of NOAs are found in the panhandle region.
- Two are located close to Juneau, the state capital, and Ketchikan.
- Two more natural deposits of asbestos are found near the Kobuk Valley and the Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks on the Yukon River.
These deposits are harmless if left undisturbed. Any disruption, such as from mining or development, can contaminate the surrounding air, soil, and water with asbestos fibers.
What Are Alaska’s Asbestos Laws?
The State of Alaska Occupational Safety and Health enforces laws for buildings with asbestos:
- Only those professionally trained to handle asbestos can legally abate, disrupt and/or remove asbestos, regardless of where it is located.
- All workers must wear respirators while around asbestos, and warning signs must be placed in clear view around the work areas.
- Asbestos must be collected and transported to appropriate landfills.
- While being transported for disposal, all packages must be securely sealed with warning labels.
- Homeowners should always have their homes properly tested for asbestos before renovation and demolitions if the home was built prior to the 1980s.
For more information and for more detailed instructions on handling asbestos in Alaska, contact the Alaska Occupational Health and Safety offices at the following phone numbers:
- Juneau: 907-465-6004
- Fairbanks: 907-451-2890
- Anchorage: 907-269-4946
Alaska Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cases
- Under Alaska Statutes, Title 18, Chapter 31, and the Alaska Statute 23.30.105 (a), plaintiffs filing an asbestos lawsuit for compensation must do so within two years of a diagnosis or two years from when the disease should have been reasonably discovered.
- Latent injuries in Alaska are the exception. If the victim has a latent injury, meaning the condition was present but the symptom had yet to surface, then the statutes of limitations begins when the injury is discovered.
- For wrongful death lawsuits, plaintiffs must file within two years from the date of the victim’s death.
Getting Legal Help in Alaska
Keep in mind that if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you’ll need an experienced mesothelioma attorney to help you have your best chances of winning your case.Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.