Situated in Hamilton County, Chattanooga is the 4th largest city in Tennessee. For decades, the city has been a prominent part of the railroad, manufacturing, and industrial business. Prior the 1980s, these businesses depended on asbestos for its resistance to heat and fire. Now workers and residents are suffering from the consequences of asbestos exposure.
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Chattanooga Asbestos Facts
- Hamilton County and Chattanooga have the highest rate of asbestos-related deaths in Tennessee.
- Between 1999 and 2013 there were 304 deaths from asbestos illnesses in the area.
- Metal smelting, textile production, and construction, among other industries, contributed to asbestos exposure in Chattanooga.
Allied Metal Company
This industrial company has several facilities around the country, including the Chattanooga branch on 3440 Lightfoot Mill Road. Allied Metal Company smelts aluminum and zinc, supplying materials for appliances, automobiles, electronics, hardware, household products, and more.
Allied used asbestos for decades. Fire and high-heat is always a concern at aluminum facilities. Asbestos resists heat and fire and has long been used as an insulator and for fire protection.
In addition to the machinery used for smelting, asbestos was also used in many products the company made. This asbestos put both workers and people who used the products made by Allied at risk of later health problems.
R.L. Stowe Mill Yard
The abandoned R.S. Stowe textile mill in Lupton City is posing risks for nearby residents. The site once manufactured thread and employed many people. While it previously helped build the population of the area, it is now a dangerous eyesore.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed asbestos on the site. The mayor of Chattanooga pledged $1.5 million to clean up the area, but two years the effort has been slow. Several issues have held up the process, including the discovery of an elevator shaft with a significant amount of asbestos.
Residents Charged with Asbestos Pollution
In 2012, three Chattanooga residents were found by guilty by a Hamilton judge of purposely polluting the environment with asbestos after they didn’t take the proper precautions while working on a demolition project.
David Wood, James Mathis, and Don Fillers violated federal and state laws when their company was hired to demolish a former textile mill, Standard-Coosa Thatcher Plant. The plant was littered with asbestos.
Wood, Mathis, and Fillers hired several homeless men to help on the project, none of which who were trained and qualified to work around asbestos. Not only was the community in danger of asbestos exposure, but the workers were placed in direct danger as well.
All three men were sentenced to prison for violating the Clean Air Act. They are also obligated to pay several fines to the city and face civil lawsuits should anyone develop asbestos-related illnesses.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos Use in Chattanooga
Several older buildings and workplaces in Chattanooga have had or currently have issues with asbestos:
- East Ridge High School
- McBrien Elementary School
- Mccallie High School
- Westview Elementary School
- Gager Lime and Manufacturing Company
- Invista Nylon Plant
- Erlanger Health System
- Hamilton County Memorial Hospital
Additional Job Sites
- Chattanooga and Tennessee Electric Power Company
- Breeding Insulation Company Inc.
- Sewanee Coal & Supply Company
- Crystal Springs Bleachery Company
- E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
- Eclipse Lookout Boiler Company
- Southern Wood Preserving Company
- Standard Coosa Thatcher Company
- James Supply and Hardware Company
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Tennessee Paper Mills Inc
Getting Medical Help in Chattanooga
It’s important to find mesothelioma treatment from doctors and centers that specialize in asbestos diseases, and preferably a center that’s backed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Although there are no NCI-designated cancer centers in Chattanooga, nearby options include:
- Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center:
691 Preston Research Building
Nashville, Tennessee, 37232
- Winship Cancer Institute:
1365C Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30332
Getting Legal Help in Chattanooga
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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.