New Hampshire was once a major hub of manufacturing and heavy industry in the New England region. The state was also once home to many factories, textile mills, shoe manufacturing, and leather processing shops. All of these job sites once used asbestos for its affordability, ease of use, and resistance to fire and heat. Many workers and New Hampshire residents were exposed to the toxic mineral and later developed asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma.
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New Hampshire Asbestos Statistics
Due to its small size and a population of only 1,320,718, New Hampshire is one of the lowest-ranked states in asbestos-related deaths. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), New Hampshire was ranked 36th in the U.S. for deaths caused by asbestos exposure.
A total of 1,208 people have died in New Hampshire from asbestos illnesses. This number could grow as more people develop symptoms of the illness.
Asbestos and Manufacturing in New Hampshire
For more than a century, asbestos was used heavily in many industries. Construction companies, steel mills, lumber yards, shipbuilding facilities, textile mills, and power generating plants used tons of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) as insulation and fire retardant, along with other purposes mostly related to friction, high temperatures, and electrical currents.
Asbestos Use by the Textile Industry
New Hampshire had a large textile industry until around the 1970s. The region had a near-monopoly on textile manufacturing until the 1880s. Most of the textile mills in New Hampshire were located along the Merrimack River. Concord, the state capital, and Nashua were major textile producing communities in the Merrimack Valley during the industry’s heyday. Many older job sites in the area have had asbestos-exposure problems.
Not only did mills such as the Star Specialty Knitting Company’s facility in Laconia use asbestos to insulate or fireproof their machinery, but they also manufactured products that incorporated asbestos fibers into their fabrics. Cooks’ oven mitts and firefighters’ work clothes were made with threads spun out of asbestos. Workers at these mills suffered from exposure to asbestos introduced into the air by the weaving machines and spinning looms. End users also were placed at risk.
Even when the state’s textile industry could no longer compete with new mills in Southern states such as North Carolina, closed facilities still contained large amounts of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), including flooring panels, insulated pipelines, and roofing tiles. These abandoned mills still pose serious health hazards to people who live nearby.
Other New Hampshire Industries That Used Asbestos
New Hampshire’s other major industries also used asbestos. Construction was one of the earliest enterprises to use asbestos on a large scale. During the 19th Century, houses and buildings made of wood and other combustible materials were affected by fires that consumed entire neighborhoods at a time.
The asbestos industry pushed its products to the construction industry, and by the mid-1860s, ACMs were in most newly-constructed houses and public buildings. This continued until the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many New Hampshire homes built before 1980 may still have ACMs.
Power companies were also major customers of asbestos companies such as W.R. Grace and Johns-Manville. Every power plant in New Hampshire built before 1980 used ACMs in almost every work or power-generating area. The boilers that generated the steam for the turbines contained asbestos, along with pipes and insulated walls. Coal-powered plants, such as the one in Newington, used ACMs.
The Seabrook Station Nuclear Plant, known as Seabrook 1, was completed in 1976, It was one of the last power plants built before asbestos use was phased out. Seabrook 1 was constructed with significant amounts of asbestos within its various facilities and reactor buildings.
New Hampshire not only used asbestos-derived products made in other states but also manufactured them. The cities of Nashua, Meredith, and Tilton hosted a number of companies that owned asbestos plants. In Meredith, the Keasbey & Mattison Company manufactured asbestos products from the 1930s until 1962.
Amatex took over the facility in 1962 and continued operations until 1982. The Johns-Manville Corporation owned and operated a plant in Nashua from 1900 to 1985, making ACMs for the construction industry.
In Tilton, the Quinn-T manufacturing plant made asbestos paper products for numerous years. When these facilities closed, their owners gave away tons of asbestos-containing waste to property owners, who used it as landfill.
Job Sites, Schools, and Landfills With Known Asbestos Exposure Issues
- University of New Hampshire: Manchester
- General Electric: Somersworth
- Jaffrey Landfill: Jaffrey
- L.W. Packard Company: Ashland
- Star Speciality Knitting: Laconia
- Troy Mills: Cheshire County
- Monadnock Paper Mills: Bennington
- Johns-Manville Plant: Nashua
- Turnkey Landfill: Rochester
- Nashua Sanitary Landfill: Nashua
- Schiller Station Power Plant: Portsmouth
- Brown Paper Mill: Berlin
- Merrimack Power Plant: Bow
- Lebanon Municipal Landfill: West Lebanon
New Hampshire’s Laws on Asbestos
Asbestos rules and regulations in New Hampshire are carried out by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). New Hampshire has its own set of state regulations, but also follows the federal laws set forward by NESHAP and the EPA.
- Env-A 100- 4800 of the DES Certified Administrative Rules covers the regulations of asbestos in New Hampshire regarding clean air, testing and monitoring procedures, procedural directions, and more.
- Asbestos abatement cannot be performed in New Hampshire without prior written notification to the state and applicable fees. Only those qualified to work around asbestos are allowed to start an asbestos abatement project.
- Env-Sw 400 mandates that asbestos must be collected, stored, transferred, and disposed of in accordance with New Hampshire state laws.
- New Hampshire follows the EPA guidelines in regards to any school building that was built with asbestos-containing materials as well as the rules outlined in Chapter 141-E of the state’s Title X Public Health regulations for asbestos management and control.
The aforementioned regulations are the basic asbestos abatement requirements. For more detailed information and more in-depth explanations, visit the official New Hampshire DES website and/or the EPA’s official asbestos webpage.
Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Lawsuits in New Hampshire
New Hampshire follows a strict statute of limitations for asbestos-related lawsuits. Plaintiffs must file their lawsuit within three of diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease or within three years of when the disease should have been reasonably diagnosed. For wrongful death lawsuits associated with asbestos-related illnesses, the plaintiff must file the lawsuit within three years of the victim’s death.
Additional Information and Legal Assistance in New Hampshire
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