Portland is the largest city in Oregon and has diverse modern economy with based on software, advanced manufacturing, engineering, and finance. Historically the city relied more on shipyards, lumber, and mineral processing, all industries that used asbestos heavily and caused worker exposure.
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Portland Asbestos Facts
- Over 3,700 Oregon residents died from asbestos-related illnesses between 1999 and 2013.
- Multnomah County and Portland had the highest number of asbestos deaths in that period with more than 600.
- Portland’s shipping industries, oil, lumber, and pulp companies contributed to asbestos exposure in workers.
- Portland was also home to two vermiculite facilities that processed asbestos-contaminated minerals from the Libby, Montana mines.
Established in 1942, the Portland Shipyard opened to contribute to the war effort. Workers built ships and repaired damaged vessels. Employees and contractors on the site experienced years of asbestos exposure.
The following are among some of the many types of equipment, parts, and operations that contained asbestos at the Portland Shipyard:
- Welding blankets
- Boilers, and more
Many Portland residents developed asbestos-related illnesses after working at the Portland Shipyard. Some of the workers most likely to have been exposed to asbestos include:
- Vessel mechanics
Vermiculite Processing in Portland
The Oregon Department of Human Services, along with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), evaluated two vermiculite processing facilities in Portland and found issues with asbestos. Both received shipments of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from the W.R. Grace mines in Libby, Montana:
- Vermiculite Northwest. Workers who processed vermiculite between 1967 and 1994 were likely exposed to asbestos. Other people who may have been exposed include family members of the workers and anyone who used or came into contact with the plant’s waste rocks.
- Supreme Perlite. This plant processed vermiculite from 1968 to 1974. Some of the mineral came from Libby. Workers during that time period, and members of their households, were probably exposed to asbestos. The soil at the site was not remediated until 2001. Workers in the facility prior to that who did not process vermiculite may have been exposed.
The vermiculite processed at these facilities went into products, mostly insulation, that were then shipped and used around the country. Many more people were probably exposed to Libby asbestos than the workers in the processing plants.
Other Job Sites with Asbestos in Portland
Many more workplaces, buildings, and companies in Portland used asbestos in the past. Some of these buildings remain in place and may still pose risks of exposure.
Schools and Hospitals
- Jefferson High School
- Concordia College
- John Adams High School
- Lewis & Clark College
- Marylhurst University
- Mt. Hood Community College
- University of Oregon
- Portland State University
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
- Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
- Saint Vincent’s Hospital
- Woodland Park Hospital
- Lincoln High School
- Treadwell Nursing Home
- Albina Shipyard
- Dyer Shipyard
- Swan Island Shipyard
- Willamette Iron and Steel Shipyard
Chemical and Oil Companies
- Chipman Chemical
- Chevron Chemical Fertilizer Plant
- Paramount Oil Refinery
- Rhone-Poulenc Chemical Plant
- Stauffer Chemical Plant
- Shell Oil
- Standard Oil
- Union Oil Company
- Klamath Chemical
- Pennwalt Chemicals
- Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.
- Columbia Steel Casting Company, Inc.
- Electric Steel Foundry Company (ESCO)
- Gilmore Steel Corporation
- American Pipe & Construction
- Leonard Construction Company
- Raderfab Construction
Apartments and Hotels
- King Plaza Apartments
- Raleigh Scholls Apartments
- The Benson
- Cosmopolitan Motor Hotel
- Imperial Hotel
- Multnomah Hotel
Additional Businesses and Buildings
- Acme Trading & Supply Company
- Armstrong Cork Company
- Associated Meat and Kenton Meat Packing
- Blitz Weinhard Brewery
- Brooks Scanlon Lumber Company
- Century Fund Incorporated
- Crown Columbia Pulp and Paper Company
- Crown Zellerbach Corporation
- Doernbecher Manufacturing Company
- Linde Air Products Company
- Metalclad Insulation Corporation of Oregon
- Mount Hood Railway and Power Company
- Multnomah County Farm Power Station
- Oregon Laundry and Dry Cleaners
- Peninsula Lumber Company
- Portland Power & Light
- Simpson Logging Company
- Troy Laundry Company
- Union Carbide Corporation
- Union Pacific Railroad
- Therm-O-Seal Insulation Company
- Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Company
Cancer Treatment in Portland
The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in Portland is a comprehensive cancer care center, backed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as one of the leading medical centers in the entire Northwest.
The Knight Cancer Institute partners with a number of national, regional, and worldwide institutions, including the following:
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center
- The University of California at Los Angeles
- Salem Cancer Institute
- Tuality Healthcare
- Mercy Medical Center
- Bay Area Hospital
Knight Cancer Institute offers mesothelioma patients clinical trials, advanced treatment options, and state-of-the-art technology.
Knight Cancer Institute Cancer Center
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, Oregon 97239
Cancer Institute: (503) 494-1617
Health Care Services/OHSU Switchboard: (503) 494-8311
Legal Help in Portland
If you’ve been injured by asbestos, you may qualify for considerable compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for information on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, 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.