Before asbestos was regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many industries in Delaware used this dangerous mineral in a variety of products, machinery, equipment, and buildings. In addition, many of the buildings that were constructed using asbestos are still intact today, putting residents and workers at risk.
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Delaware Asbestos Statistics
A number of industries have exposed residents and workers in the state to asbestos over decades, resulting in hundreds of deaths:
- Nearly 1,000 deaths related to asbestos from 1999 to 2013
- 163 deaths from mesothelioma, 652 from lung cancer, and 175 from asbestosis
- Highest asbestos death rate in New Castle County
Delaware’s Chemical Industry
Chemical companies played a major part in asbestos use in Delaware. DuPont Chemical, one of the nation’s largest chemical and paint companies, exposed numerous people to asbestos in several states, including its Seaford and Wilmington locations in Delaware.
Although the company was warned of the hazards of using asbestos back in the 1930s, they continued to use it in pipes, boilers, machinery, and equipment for decades. DuPont has faced several lawsuits because of their negligence.
Other chemical companies in Delaware that put workers at risk of asbestos exposure include:
- General Chemical Corporation (also known as Delaware Valley Works: DVW), Claymont
- Atlas Chemical Industries, Wilmington
- Dow Chemical, Newark
- Helix Associates Inc., Newark
- Croda Inc. New Castle
W.R. Grace in Delaware
W.R. Grace, a chemical and materials company, has faced a plethora of mesothelioma lawsuits across the nation for putting workers in harm’s way on a daily basis for several years. In fact, over 200,000 total lawsuits have been filed against W.R. Grace.
In Delaware, a small vermiculite processing plant, located in Wilmington, received several hundred tons of asbestos between the 1940s until the early 1990s. The asbestos was processed and then shipped to W.R. Grace’s headquarters in Libby, Montana. Both workers and nearby residents were at risk of exposure.
What Other Job Sites in Delaware Used Asbestos?
- Atlantic Oil
- Dover Air Force Base
- Chrysler Plant
- Getty Oil Company/Refinery
- Sun Oil Company
- Texaco Refinery
- Evraz Claymont Steel Holdings
- Standard Chlorine of Delaware
- Our Lady of Lourdes Church
- Tidewater Refinery
- Motiva Enterprises
- Atlas Chemical Industries
- General Chemical Company
- DuPont Chemical
- Helix Associates Inc.
- Atlas Chemical Industries
- Standard Chlorine of Delaware
Are There Any Schools in Delaware Built with Asbestos?
Many buildings that were constructed during a time in which asbestos-containing materials were heavily used, are still standing and being used in Delaware today.
In 1999, the following schools were found to be in direct violation of federal laws when they failed to properly inspect and report each building:
- Albert Einstein Academy
- Hockessin Montessori School
- John Dickinson High School
- Tall Oaks Classical School
- William Penn High School
Because they failed to maintain the mandated maintenance plans, these schools ran the risk of putting thousands of students and staff member in danger. Each school was fined anywhere from $3,000 to $5,500.
Is There Any Naturally-Occurring Asbestos in Delaware?
There is only one area in Delaware that contains a natural asbestos source. Situated in New Castle County in the northern portion of the state, the Mount Serpentine body covers 1.5 miles, and it’s littered with natural asbestos. No asbestos in the area has been recorded as ever being commercially mined.
What Are Delaware’s Asbestos Laws?
Under Title 16, Chapter 78, of the Delaware General Assembly, there are several asbestos regulations that must be adhered at all times, including the following:
- No one can carry about the duties of handling, working around, or removing asbestos without first being certified by the state.
- No one, by state law, may hire a worker for asbestos abatement unless the worker is certified by the state.
- Asbestos abatement in Delaware consists of the demolition, encapsulation, removal, and salvage of asbestos, as well as transportation and disposal of asbestos to the proper landfill.
- Before being certified, those who choose to work around asbestos must be in good health and free of any respiratory problems.
- Strict training, courses, and guidelines must be met for the state of Delaware will grant official licensing and credentials to work around asbestos.
These regulations only cover the basic details of asbestos laws in Delaware. For more detailed information on asbestos laws and regulations, contact the Delaware General Assembly or the Delaware Solid Waste Authority.
Getting Medical Help for Asbestos-Related Diseases in Delaware
- St. Francis Hospital: 701 North Clayton Street, Wilmington, DE, 19805 (302-421-4100)
- Helen F. Graham Cancer Center: 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE, 19713 (302-623-4500)
If you need mesothelioma treatment or help with any other type of asbestos-related illnesses, look for physicians and centers that specifically specialize in asbestos diseases. Many physicians and clinics may not be able to diagnose and treat you as well as those who are specialists in these rare illnesses.
Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Lawsuits in Delaware
- Delaware follows a strict statute of limitations that must be adhered to when filing an asbestos-related lawsuit.
- Lawsuits must be filed within two years from the time that the victim was diagnosed or should have been reasonably diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease.
- For wrongful death cases, the plaintiff must file within two years of the victim’s date of death.
Delaware Legal Help
If you or a family member was diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that as mentioned earlier, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to 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.