Albuquerque is New Mexico’s economic hub and largest city. Both government and private industries have long operated here, including the U.S. Air Force’s Kirtland Air Base. These workplaces, as well as the construction boom of the mid-1900s, have contributed significantly to asbestos exposure in the city.
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Albuquerque Asbestos Facts
- Approximately one third of asbestos-related deaths in New Mexico have occurred in and around Albuquerque.
- This includes nearly 400 deaths in Bernalillo County between 1999 and 2013.
- Construction booms in Albuquerque coincided with peak use of asbestos in building materials.
- Many older buildings in the city still contain asbestos.
Asbestos Industries in Albuquerque
The Spanish founded Albuquerque as a remote outpost in the early 1700s. It remained remote until the railroads arrived in the mid-1860s. By the turn of the 20th Century, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad turned the city into a popular tourist destination that combined such modern amenities.
Albuquerque industrialized and grew to include important facilities, including high-tech manufacturing plants, airports, and aviation manufacturing facilities. All of these industries used asbestos at some point.
Albuquerque also became a popular destination tourists. Route 66 passed through the city. The increasing number of motorists that passed through the area created a demand for motels, gas stations, and restaurants, often built with asbestos.
With transportation and industry the city continued to grow. The major industries that helped to make Albuquerque a thriving modern community, transportation, construction, and power generation, relied on asbestos.
The government has also been an important employer in Albuquerque. Kirtland Air Force Base employed and continues to employ many military members and civilians. Most of the buildings contain or once contained asbestos. Abatement projects are ongoing there.
Sandia National Laboratories is a National Nuclear Security Administration research lab that is known to contain asbestos materials.
Asbestos in Older Buildings
Albuquerque experienced its population and construction boom in the middle of the period of heaviest use of asbestos in building materials. Asbestos lingers in many older homes, workplaces, and public buildings.
Assessments for asbestos have become common and routine in Albuquerque. Buildings built in the city before 1971 almost certainly contain asbestos, but the material has been found in those from as recent as 1985. One quarter of Albuquerque’s current office buildings were built during the asbestos period, meaning workers are still at risk of exposure.
Albuquerque Job Sites with Asbestos
Several of these workplaces and buildings are still in use today. However, strict state and federal regulations require routine inspections and maintenance of any public building that contains asbestos.
- St. Joseph Community Health
- New Mexico VA Healthcare System
Power, Gas, Coal, and Electric Companies
- Albuquerque and Cerrillos Coal Company
- Albuquerque Gas & Electric
- Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)
- Reeves Power Plant (also known as Reeves Generating Station)
Additional Job Site and Buildings
- Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center
- Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
- Albuquerque Water Utility Authority
- Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District
- Excelsior Laundry Company
- Geo. S. Thomson Company
- Imperial Laundry Company
- Kent Nowlin Construction Company
- Kirtland Air Force Base
- New Mexico Pump & Equipment
- University of New Mexico
- J. Corber & Company
- Nalley’s Inc.
- Columbia Asbestos Company
Cancer Treatment in Albuquerque
The University of New Mexico (UNM) Cancer Center offers medical services and treatments to cancer patients in Albuquerque and other parts of the state. Founded in 1973, UNM Cancer Center is one of the nation’s 86 medical facilities with National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designation.
The UNM Cancer Center’s team of oncologists, surgeons, and medical researchers treat over 10,000 patients a year, including those with pleural mesothelioma.
UNM Cancer Center
1201 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Getting Legal Help in Albuquerque and Additional Information
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Page Reviewed and Edited by New Mexico Mesothelioma Lawyer John Black
John Black is a founding partner at Black Law Firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His firm focuses on litigating on behalf of mesothelioma and asbestos victims. He helps clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses get justice and recover damages. John has been given the Super Lawyer award six years in a row.