Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, is home to several industries. From its incorporation in 1920, Anchorage has experienced tremendous growth, particularly in the railroad, air transportation, power station, and military industries. Many of these employers relied on asbestos and put workers at risk of harmful exposure.
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Asbestos in Anchorage
- Alaska’s largest city is Anchorage. This area has had the greatest number of asbestos-related deaths in the state.
- From 1999 to 2013 there were over 200 deaths from asbestos exposure in the Anchorage borough.
- Some of the industries and employers in Anchorage that used asbestos and put workers at risk include the U.S. Air Force, power stations, and oil companies.
Elmendorf Air Force Base
Elmendorf Air Force Base (AFB) was a major Anchorage-area hot spot for asbestos use. The Elmendorf AFB powerhouse used especially high amounts of asbestos. The powerhouse was built a decade after the base was created, and during a time when asbestos was heavily used, despite the fact that warnings about its risks had already started to surface.
The powerhouse operated under extremely high temperatures, so it used asbestos in a variety of products, equipment, parts, and machinery, for managing heat, insulating, and preventing fire:
- Turbine engines
Although asbestos protected workers from high temperatures that could cause severe burning and injuries, the harmful mineral posed a dangerous risk when workers inhaled airborne asbestos fibers.
Many workers are still at risk for developing malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases after prolonged exposure to asbestos while working at the base. These illnesses take decades to manifest.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Air Force started an aggressive program in recent years to contain and abate asbestos at Elmendorf.
Chugach Electric Association
Chugach Electric Association is one of the largest employers in Anchorage and one of the biggest utility cooperatives in the state. Chugach once relied heavily on harmful asbestos.
Asbestos use was so extensive that Chugach has faced litigation over air quality complaints and the health risks of industrial asbestos.
In addition to operations at its own headquarters, Chugach also oversaw a number of upgrades at area power plants that contained asbestos. Workers were responsible for constructing new buildings and equipment, many of which contained asbestos.
In the 1960s, Chugach began using natural gas. Consequently, workers were responsible for removing coal burners before replacing them with the more energy-efficient natural gas. These workers were at risk of inhaling asbestos fibers while removing the coal burners.
Additional Job Sites and Businesses Associated with Asbestos Use in Anchorage
Anchorage was home to several businesses that once used asbestos extensively. Some of the buildings constructed with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are still in use today.
- Pan American Oil
- Union Oil (Ocean Dock Road)
- Standard Oil
- Alaska Native Service Hospital
- Anchorage International Airport
- Alyeska Pipeline
- Bernice Lake Power Station
- Campbell Creek Pump Station
- Fort Richardson
- Industrial Air Products (Lox Facility)
- Anchorage Sewer Utility Board
- Chevron Asphalt Company
Medical Assistance in Anchorage
If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, asbestosis, or any other type of cancer, Anchorage’s Cancer Care Center at Alaska Regional Hospital provides a wide range of care services and treatment options, which include state-of-the-art medical equipment, cancer support, education, and information.
Alaska Regional Hospital Cancer Care Center
Medical Office Building C, Suite 414
2801 DeBarr Road Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 276-1131
Legal Assistance in Anchorage
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers 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.