Many Minneapolis workers were once at a heightened risk for asbestos exposure. The biggest dangers were in the mining industry, mineral processing, construction, and power generation. Lingering asbestos in older buildings still poses a risk.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Currently, there is over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds that are available to victims of asbestos diseases. Fill out our form to receive our free Financial Compensation Packet. Our packet is loaded with information on leading mesothelioma attorneys in Minneapolis, how to file a claim for asbestos trust funds, how to get paid in 90 days, and more.
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Minneapolis Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013 nearly 5,000 residents in Minnesota died from a disease related to asbestos exposure.
- Hennepin County, home to Minneapolis, had the highest number with 864 deaths during that period.
- A major source of exposure in the city was a vermiculite plant that received asbestos-tainted shipments from the infamous W.R. Grace mine in Libby, Montana.
Reserve Mining Company
In 1955, the nearby city of Silver Bay opened the Reserve Mining Company to extract iron ore from taconite. Once the taconite was extracted, leftover waste was dumped into Lake Superior. Citizens began complaining that the waste materials were polluting the water and killing fish.
Investigators determined that the waste material contained asbestos-like fibers. During the 1970s, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), filed a lawsuit at the United States District Court of Minneapolis, against the Reserve Mining Company.
The EPA succeeded and the mining company shut down in 1974. Although they re-opened the company a few years later with the agreement that the wastes would be deposited in an inland pond, the lawsuit marks an important victory for the EPA and asbestos pollution.
Workers who extracted iron ore and handled the waste faced health hazards, including the risk of asbestos-related diseases. Many of these workers now live or have died from mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Western Minerals and W.R. Grace
Western Mineral Products Inc. processed vermiculite that was imported from Libby, Montana. The mine there, operated by W.R. Grace, shipped hundreds of thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated minerals to places like Western Minerals around the country.
This put workers at risk of asbestos exposure. It also harmed nearby residents, who were allowed to take rocks that were left in front of the building for construction uses.
Although the current owners of Western Mills are undergoing a voluntary cleanup site, the (EPA) is still studying the impact it had on people. It’s been estimated that thousands of people nationwide have died due to Libby Montana’s production and distribution of tainted vermiculite.
Additional Minneapolis Job Sites and Buildings Associated with Asbestos
- Coon Rapids Middle School
- Mapleton School
- Macalester College
- The University of St. Thomas
- University of Minneapolis
- Cretin High School for Boys
- Mt. Sinai Hospital
- Anchor Hospital
- Fairview Hospital
- Minneapolis VA Hospital
- St. Barnabas Hospital
- Bomb Washout Plant
- Riverside Power Plant
- Sherburne County General Plant (currently known as Xcel Energy)
- Willmar Power Plant
- 3M Company
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
- Minnesota Linseed Oil Company
- Curtis Hotel
- Northwestern Consolidated Milling Company
- Pillsbury Center
- St. Paul and Northern Pacific Railway Company
- Hinckle Greenleaf and Company
- Minneapolis Gas Light Company
Medical Assistance in Minneapolis
There are two cancer centers in the Minneapolis area which offer comprehensive treatment options, including the nearby Mayo Clinic in Rochester, known for its innovative research and cutting-edge technology and treatment options.
Masonic Cancer Center – University of Minnesota
Masonic Memorial Building
424 Harvard Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The Mayo Clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Getting Legal Help in Minneapolis
Keep in mind that if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, you may qualify for significant compensation. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on top asbestos and mesothelioma 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.