Historically, Mississippi has had a primarily agricultural economy, but the state’s coast along the Gulf of Mexico is home to several major shipyards and oil production job sites known to have had asbestos contamination issues. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that at least 1,866 victims have died from asbestos-related diseases since 1979.
An experienced Mississippi mesothelioma lawyer is available to help asbestos victims and their families fight for justice.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Fill out our form to receive our free Financial Compensation Packet. Our packet is loaded with information on leading mesothelioma attorneys in Mississippi, how to file a claim for asbestos trust funds, how to get paid in 90 days, and more.
Keep in mind that we provide assistance to asbestos victims and their families in every city and town in Mississippi, including:
Jackson, Raleigh, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Meridian, Tupelo, Olive Branch, Greenville, Horn, Lake Pearl, Clinton, Madison, Starkville, Ridgeland, Vicksburg, Columbus, Brandon, Pascagoula, Oxford, Laurel, Gautier, Ocean Springs, Clarksdale, Greenwood, Natchez, Long Beach, Hernando, Corinth, Moss Point, Canton, Grenada, McComb, Brookhave,n Cleveland, Byram, Yazoo, West Point Bay, St. Louis, Petal, Picayune, D’Iberville, Indianola, Diamondhead, Booneville, New Albany, Gulf Hills, Flowood, Senatobia, St. Martin, Holly Springs, Batesville, Philadelphia, Kosciusko, Latimer, Amory, Richland, Waveland, Louisville, West Hattiesburg, Columbia, Gulf Park Estates, Pontotoc, Vancleave, Forest, Aberdeen, Ripley, Pass Christian, Carthage, Saltillo, Waynesboro, Crystal Springs, Winona, Ellisville, Wiggins, Magee, Leland, Florence, University, Pearl River, Fulton, Hazlehurst, Beechwood, Escatawpa, Houston, Tutwiler, Nicholson, Morton, Newton, Water Valley, Baldwyn, New Hope, Mississippi State, Verona, Iuka, Lucedale, Ruleville, Poplarville, Macon, Okolona, and more.
Asbestos Job Sites in Mississippi
For much of its existence, Mississippi was a cotton-growing state, but its industrial base diversified in the 20th and 21st Centuries to a mix of agriculture and industrial jobs. Its mostly rural population is therefore not as prone to asbestos exposure as those of more industrialized states in the Union. Nevertheless, Mississippi is in the middle of the national rankings in asbestos-related illnesses and deaths because of the state’s shipbuilding and oil production enterprises.
Although asbestos use in the U.S. has declined significantly since the 1980s, many companies used the fibrous minerals for most of the 20th Century as fire- and heat-resistant protection for facilities or even consumer products. Asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used in mass quantities in factories, power generating plants, oil wells, and refineries, or in any facility where fire or high temperatures are either a byproduct or a necessary part of the manufacturing process.
Gulfport is the state’s second-largest metro area. It’s also one of the epicenters of Mississippi’s asbestos problem since it’s the home to several major shipyards, including the Trinity Marine Group yard that builds yachts and other watercraft. This facility covers 38 acres of Gulfport’s waterfront and includes a manufacturing area that encompasses 200,000 square feet. Further, Trinity has an outfitting area that covers 84,000 square feet.
Though Trinity was founded in the 1990s, a decade after most shipyards stopped using asbestos on newly constructed vessels, the yard had already been operating under the banner of the Halter Marine Group. Halter’s pre-1970s shipbuilding processes used large amounts of asbestos. Most Trinity Yacht workers were exposed to asbestos fibers while building or repairing vessels.
Pascagoula is another major center for shipbuilding on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. The city is home to Ingalls Shipbuilding, the largest source of jobs in the state. A subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the company employs over 18,000 Mississippians, including 11,000 workers at its Pascagoula facility. This shipyard covers 800 acres of Pascagoula and is a major source of ships for the U.S. Navy. First established in 1938, Ingalls has provided the Navy with various types of vessels, ranging from destroyers and submarines to amphibious vessels.
Unfortunately, Ingalls Shipbuilding and its predecessors in Pascagoula began operating at the peak era of asbestos use in the shipbuilding industry (the 1930s to early 1970s). Many workers and military personnel who built, repaired, or served aboard Navy vessels during this time period were exposed to asbestos.
Job Sites Associated with Asbestos Use in Mississippi
- Mississippi Power and Light, Hattiesburg
- Hercules Power Plant, Hattiesburg
- Mississippi Power and Light, Greenville
- Mississippi Power and Light, Jackson
- Mississippi Power and Light, Vicksburg
- Vicksburg Power Plant, Vicksburg
- Watson Power Plant, Gulfport
- Wilson Power Plant, Vicksburg
- Mississippi Power and Light, Tupelo
- Philips Day-Brite, Tupelo
- Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula
- Lighten Shipyard, Pascagoula
- Chicago Bridge and Iron Shipyard, Pascagoula
- Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper, Monticello
- St. Regis Paper Company, Monticello
Hospitals and Schools
- Denman Junior High School: Mccomb
- University of Mississippi, Oxford
- Coahoma County Hospital, Clarksville
- Columbia Training School, Columbia
- V.A. Medical Center, Jackson
- Greenville Mills, Greenville
- Armstrong Cork Company, Jackson
- Transco Compression Station, Hattiesburg
- Mississippi Gulf Refining Company, Purvis
- Black Creek Refinery, Purvis
- Kaiser Aluminum, Purvis
Mississippi Asbestos Laws
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of asbestos abatement laws in the state. In addition, Mississippi follows asbestos laws and regulations set forth by EPA and NESHAP.
- Demolition and renovation activities in the state of Mississippi require prior approval as well as prior written notice, under Section 8 of APC-S-1.
- Demolitions and renovations involving residential homes with less than four dwelling units are exempt from approval and written notification. However, burning of any materials is not allowed if the residential unit contains asbestos.
- A certified MDEQ inspector must inspect any structure prior to demolition and/or renovation for asbestos.
- NESHAP law 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M, must be adhered to at all times before, during, and after an asbestos abatement project.
- Schools must follow the asbestos procedures defined by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), which is set forth by the EPA.
- An approved landfill must be used at all times for the disposal of asbestos. Asbestos must also be encapsulated and clearly labeled.
For more information on state-specific asbestos laws in Mississippi, contact the MDEQ at 601-961-5769. For details on school procedures, visit the official EPA school buildings website.
Medical Assistance for Mississippi Asbestos Victims
Mesothelioma is a dangerous disease, and although research is ongoing, it’s still considered a new illness. Therefore, it’s extremely important for anyone diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease to seek medical help from qualified physicians and clinics that specifically specialize in these types of illnesses.
Currently, there are no medical facilities in Mississippi backed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). However, Oxford’s Baptist Centers for Cancer Care is a cutting-edge medical facility that places a special focus on all forms of cancer. In addition to high-tech equipment and arrays of treatment methods, BCCC has won several awards, including the Gold Certification Seal Standard by the Mississippi cancer registry.
Located in nearby Nashville, Tennessee, the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is an NCI-designated medical facility that offers patients a wide variety of treatment and rehabilitation options. Additionally, the University of Alabama Kirklin Clinic was made specifically for mesothelioma patients.
Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Lawsuits in Mississippi
In order to file an asbestos-related lawsuit in Mississippi, plaintiffs must file within the state’s statutes of limitations which mandates that the case must be filed within three years from the time of an official diagnosis, and within three years from the time of death for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Legal Help in Mississippi
As previously mentioned, if you’ve been exposed to asbestos and suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on top asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.