New Hampshire was once a major hub of manufacturing and heavy industry in the New England region.Throughout much of the 19th Century until the late 1970s, the state was home to many factories, textile mills, shoe manufacturing, and leather processing shops. All of these job sites used asbestos for its affordability, ease of use, and resistance to fire and heat. Yet, many workers and other individuals 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.
Government statistics show that 107 people died from asbestosis and between 127 to 210 from mesothelioma cancer. The Granite State’s relatively modest toll may be attributed to its downsized manufacturing industry and a robust increase in tourism and agriculture.
Asbestos and Manufacturing in New Hampshire
For more than a century, the six-mineral group commonly known as asbestos was used heavily in many industries. Construction companies, steel mills, lumber yards, shipbuilding facilities, textile mills, and power generating plants used large quantities 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, like most states in New England, had a large textile industry until the 1970s. The region had a near-monopoly on textile manufacturing until the 1880s and processed cotton shipped from southern states both before and after the Civil War. 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. As a result, 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, 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 were also major users of asbestos. Construction was one of the earliest enterprises to use asbestos on a large scale. During the 19th Century, cities with large numbers of houses and buildings made of wood and other combustible materials were affected by fires that consumed entire neighborhoods at a time.
The asbestos industry touted its products to the construction industry, and by the mid-1860s ACMs were in most newly-constructed houses and public buildings. Asbestos use by construction companies in the state and elsewhere 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 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 large amounts of asbestos, as did the pipes and insulated walls. Coal-powered plants, such as the one in Newington, used ACMs.
The Seabrook Station Nuclear Plant, also known as Seabrook 1, was completed in 1976 and 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 several companies which 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 several decades. When these facilities ceased operations, 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 implemented by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). Similar to other states in the nation, New Hampshire has its own set of state regulations, but also follows the 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.
Keep in mind that 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 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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