Many companies in Denver relied heavily on asbestos use for its insulation and heat-resistant properties. From power plants, energy stations, mills, and chemical plants, to public buildings and schools, Denver job sites once had so much asbestos that thousands of former workers now suffer from life-threatening illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.
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Denver and Asbestos Facts
- There were 2,429 asbestos-related deaths in Colorado between 1999 and 2013.
- Denver County had the highest number of asbestos deaths during that period.
- The Western Minerals Company Plant in Denver received hundreds of shipments of vermiculite contaminated with asbestos from the Libby, Montana site.
- A recent incident in which several employees at Metropolitan State University were diagnosed with cancer highlights the ongoing risk of asbestos in buildings in Denver.
Asbestos in Denver Power Stations
Denver is home to several power stations and energy companies that used asbestos for decades and put workers at risk of exposure:
Cherokee Power Station
Created in 1957, the Cherokee Power Station, now known as Xcel Energy is an electrical generation facility, located in Denver. For many years, the power station used asbestos in its facilities.
Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used in many products and machinery at the job site, including boilers, turbines, tanks, pipes, pipe coverings, and much more, placing workers at risk of inhaling asbestos fibers on a daily basis.
Gary-Williams Energy Corporation is an independently-owned energy company in Denver. It was created in the 1950s, but decades later in 1995, it purchased Oklahoma’s Wynnewood Refinery, and became one the leading crude oil producers in the area.
As with many other refineries, Gary-Williams Energy once relied on asbestos and caused exposure in workers. The fact that asbestos had no reaction to chemical spills made it one of the most popular choices. Consequently, asbestos was used in a many products at the energy company, including:
In addition to the risk of routine exposure on the job, workers were put at serious risk of harm from asbestos during two facility fires in 2007 and 2008.
The first fire permeated the air with asbestos and smoke, traveling up to 25 miles. A year later, the refinery experienced a second fire, caused when lightning struck a storage tank in the facility.
In 2012, Wynnewood Refinery faced yet another disaster after a boiler exploded. Employees died in the explosrion, prompting an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Libby Vermiculite in Denver
The W.R. Grace mine in Libby, Montana shipped contaminated vermiculite to processing plants all over the country. In Denver, the Western Minerals Plant received many shipments of this mineral that contained harmful asbestos.
The Denver plant was one of the country’s largest processors of vermiculite. Thousands of workers and nearby residents were put at risk of exposure to the contaminating asbestos.
Asbestos in Auraria
The Auraria campus of Denver’s Metropolitan State University recently came under scrutiny for the fact that there have been several cancer diagnoses in employees. All work in the same area of the campus, and investigators found that the West Classroom had been found to contain asbestos as early as 2010.
Other areas of the campus have been shut down in the last few years due to asbestos. Whether or not the current cases of cancer were caused by campus asbestos is uncertain.
Additional Denver Job Sites Associated with Asbestos Use
Other companies associated with asbestos use in Denver include, but are not limited to:
- Colorado General Hospital
- Colorado State Industrial School (currently known as the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center )
- Denver Municipal Airport (currently known as the Stapleton International Airport)
- Denver City Hall
- ANB Bank
- Lowry Air Force Base
- Midwest Plumbing and Heating
- Colorado and Southern Railway Company
- Colorado Packing and Provision Company
- Phillips Elementary School
- VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
- University of Colorado (Denver campus)
- Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
- Johns Manville
- Arapahoe Station
Treatment for Mesothelioma Near Denver
There isn’t a designated National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Denver, but in nearby Aurora, the University of Colorado’s Cancer Center (UCCC) provides innovative, in-depth treatment options for people with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other forms of cancer caused by asbestos. The institute is backed by the NCI, which guarantees comprehensive treatment and the highest standards of medical care for patients.
UCCC is also home to the Lung, Head and Neck Cancer Program (LHN), which focuses on malignant mesothelioma, chest sarcomas, and lung cancer studies.
Legal Help in Denver
If you or a loved one have been victim to mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that you may qualify for 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 assistance, contact us toll-free 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.