North Carolina has a long history of asbestos exposure. In the west of the state are naturally-occurring asbestos deposits. Throughout the state are also several vermiculite processing facilities, power plants, steel mills, and other facilities built with asbestos-containing materials before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limited its use. Thousands of people in North Carolina have been exposed to asbestos and many got sick as a result.
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North Carolina Asbestos Facts
- In North Carolina, 5,153 residents died from diseases related to asbestos during the period from 1999 to 2013.
- This ranks North Carolina 13th out of all states for asbestos-related deaths.
- There were 901 deaths from mesothelioma, 690 from asbestosis, and the rest were a result of lung cancer.
- Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte area had the most deaths during that time related to asbestos.
Naturally-Occurring Asbestos in North Carolina
Most victims of asbestos were exposed on the job. However, North Carolina also has natural deposits of the mineral that puts residents at risk. Asbestos deposits are found primarily in eight counties in the Appalachian Mountains area and the outlying foothills. Jackson County has the most naturally-occurring asbestos sites with at least 21 deposits. The other seven counties with large asbestos deposits include:
- Ashe County
- Avery County
- Caldwell County
- Macon County
- Mitchell County
- Transylvania County
- Yancey County
North Carolina Job Sites With Known Asbestos
Until the mid-1970s, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used by many industries as insulation, fire retardants, and heat-resistant materials. Facilities where fire and high temperatures were part of the operational process often contained large quantities of ACMs.
North Carolina is home to several of these industries and workplaces, including heavy manufacturing, aviation and aerospace businesses, defense jobs, automotive plants, and pharmaceutical companies. Many of the job sites added asbestos to protect property, equipment, and workers from fire or electrical discharges. Asbestos was used to insulate wiring, steam pipes, and even interior walls.
Some of the job sites in the state that are known to have had asbestos exposure issues include:
- Allied Chemical plant in Wilmington
- Weyerhaeuser Company facility in New Bern
- Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company factory in Durham
- Carolina Power & Light generating plant in Georgetown
- John Umstead Hospital in Butner
- Babcock & Wilson boiler factory in Wilmington
- Gibson Manufacturing Company facilities in Concord
- Owens Corning Fiberglass factory in Charlotte
- Appalachian State University student dormitories in Boone
- Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Hickory
- Hickory Plumbing in Hickory
- Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro
- Pope Air Force Base in Manchester
- Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Onslow County
- Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point
- Ft. Bragg Army installation in Fayetteville
Asbestos in Vermiculite
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 208 cities throughout the U.S. received shipments of vermiculite contaminated with asbestos from mines in Libby, Montana and elsewhere before 1979. In all, 5.8 million tons of asbestos-tainted vermiculite were sent to American communities, putting residents and workers at risk.
The North Carolina community of High Point received 150 shipments that totaled 10,108 tons of vermiculite with asbestos. It shipped to a processing plant in High Point owned by the Carolina Vermiculite Company and then later by W.R. Grace. Workers who processed the mineral risked developing asbestos illnesses.
Asbestos Laws in North Carolina
North Carolina has state-specific laws and also follows federal laws when it comes to asbestos abatement:
- There are three county ordinances for asbestos-related issues, including Forsyth, Buncombe, and Mecklenburg counties.
- 40 CFR Part 763; NC Gen. Stat. §130A-444 through §130A-451 of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) states that any school that built using asbestos-containing materials must have regular maintenance and inspections.An emergency plan must always be in place.
- 10 N.C.A.C. 10G .0505 mandates that asbestos can only disposed of in the approved North Carolina landfills.
- 49 CFR 173.1090 mandates that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for the enforcement of the transportation of asbestos to landfills.
- A permit must be granted from the state before any asbestos abatement project.
For more detailed information and additional asbestos-related regulations in North Carolina, contact the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health at 919-707-5950.
Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Lawsuits in North Carolina
- The deadline to file a lawsuit for asbestos-related cases differ according to state.
- In North Carolina, these types of cases are treated as personal injury cases and therefore follow the personal injury statute of limitations.
- The personal injury statute of limitations in North Carolina is three years within the time the injury was discovered and diagnosed.
- Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the victim’s death.
Legal Assistance in North Carolina
If you or a loved one have been a victim to mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, it’s important to understand your legal rights and what compensation you may be entitled to. 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.