Founded in 1849 around John Sutter’s Embarcadero near the Sacramento River, the city of Sacramento grew quickly as a mining-oriented trading center where gold prospecting miners could buy supplies. Sacramento became a key center for communications, transportation, and industry, but its expansion coincided with the boom of the asbestos industry. It contributed to California’s growing number of asbestosis and mesothelioma cases.
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Sacramento and Asbestos
Sacramento is situated in a geologically active part of North America, rich in volcanic rocks, minerals, and seismic fault lines. The geographical region known as the Sacramento Valley is known for its fertile agricultural fields and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This area contains large deposits of serpentine, California’s state rock. Serpentine is one of the most common minerals found in California and often contains chrysotile asbestos.
Chrysotile asbestos is one of two types of asbestos. Like amphibole asbestos, chrysotile is a fibrous mineral that has long fibers that separate easily from each other. These fibers are strong and pliable, and their heat resistant properties are attractive to many industries. Chrysotile asbestos is the most common type found in California, especially in areas where volcanic rocks are abundant.
Although the Native American tribes that lived in the Sacramento Valley never used mineral rocks as building materials, settlers and miners from the westward-expanding United States did. The extensive construction and mineral extraction activities in and around Sacramento stirred up large quantities of chrysotile asbestos into the air. Thus began the long and often dangerous relationship between Sacramento’s residents and asbestos.
When much of old Sacramento was rebuilt in the late 19th Century after a series of floods and fires that destroyed large sections of the city, builders began using asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) to make homes, buildings, and industrial facilities more fire-resistant. Although this method of construction reduced the dangers from fire, it had a harmful effect on people who handled ACMs or inhaled fibers of friable asbestos that floated invisibly in the environment.
The biggest segment of Sacramento’s population that was adversely affected by asbestos was the city’s working class. Workers in the railroad, mining, construction, and power generating industries were in the high-risk group that was more likely to be exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos.
Since large numbers products and machinery were made with asbestos is some form, Sacramento was home to numerous job sites where workers suffered constant exposure. Many of them later developed lung cancer, asbestosis, and malignant mesothelioma years, even decades, after the exposure took place.
Job Sites in Sacramento Linked to Asbestos Exposure
Modern-day Sacramento is an economically diverse city. It has been the state capital of California since 1853 and state, county, and city government agencies are among the area’s largest employers. Sacramento’s other major industries include healthcare and technology, along with academics, communications, and agriculture.
Though asbestos use in the U.S. is tightly regulated and builders now employ substitutes for ACMs, many job sites in Sacramento were built and operated before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified asbestos as a toxic substance that was harmful to people.
Thus, while many newer buildings and homes may be free of asbestos contamination, there are still many job sites and public buildings which still contain asbestos or are known to have significant issues connected to asbestos exposure. These sites include:
- C.K. McClatchy High School
- John F. Kennedy High School
- Hiram W.Johnson High School
- Sacramento Charter High School (formerly known as Sacramento High School, which closed in 2002)
- San Juan High School
- Sutterville Elementary School
- Theodore Judah Elementary School
- James W. Marshall Elementary School
- Sierra Elementary School (closed)
- Fremont Elementary School (closed)
- El Dorado Elementary School (closed)
- Sutter Memorial Hospital
- UC Davis Medical Center
- Mercy General Hospital
- Methodist Hospital
- Sacramento VA Hospital
- Mercy American River Hospital (closed)
- McClellan Air Force Base (closed)
- Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento (located on the McClellan Air Force Base grounds)
Transportation, Utilities and Public Works
- Pacific Gas & Electric
- Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station (closed in 1989)
- AT&T Building, Watts Avenue
- Western Pacific Railroad
- Sacramento Executive Airport
- Sacramento International Airport
- Bercut-Richards Packing Company
- Buffalo Brewing Company
- Crystal Cream & Butter
- Sutter’s Embarcadero
- California Packing Company/Del Monte Corporation
Medical Help Near Sacramento
There are three medical centers that offer mesothelioma patients specialized cancer treatments within 100 miles of the Sacramento metro area. Two of these facilities, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion are associated with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
The Stanford Cancer Institute is affiliated with the Stanford Medical School in Palo Alto, California.
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-1000
UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion
Helen Diller Comprehensive Family Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (888) 689-8273
Stanford Cancer Institute
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650) 498-6000
Getting Legal Help
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be able to get substantial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, stress, pain, suffering, and more. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area.