The military and civilian facilities dedicated to shipbuilding, maritime operations, and land transportation helped Norfolk grow into one of Virginia’s largest cities. Many of the industries important to this area were also responsible for exposing workers and residents to asbestos.
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Norfolk Asbestos Facts
- The number of asbestos-related deaths in Norfolk between 1999 and 2013 number nearly 250.
- Both military and civilian shipbuilding and repair in Norfolk contributed significantly to asbestos exposure.
- The Norfolk Southern Railway Company is being sued by former employees over asbestos exposure and cancer.
Asbestos in Navy and Civilian Shipyards
Norfolk has a long tradition as a thriving port city as well as an important region for the U.S. Navy. Since the 1800s, the Navy has had a presence in the area, especially in Hampton Roads and Naval Station Norfolk.
The city of Norfolk also has a civilian port with one of the largest ship terminals in the world. The Norfolk International Terminal is the nation’s largest intermodal center. The cruise ship dock in downtown Norfolk can handle oceangoing ships that can carry up to 3,000 passengers.
Asbestos was heavily used for many years in both military and civilian shipbuilding. With its ability to protect against heat and fire and to add strength without a lot of extra weight, asbestos found a place in nearly all ship components.
The peak period of U.S. asbestos use coincided with World War II and its aftermath, making Norfolk one of the communities hardest hit by the nation’s asbestos problem. The U.S. Navy depended heavily on asbestos and ACMs to protect ships, especially warships, from damage caused by fire and heat.
Shore installations, such as Naval Station Norfolk’s various headquarters buildings, power generation stations, dry docks, repair yards, and maintenance shops used much asbestos derived products as well.
Some of the military and civilian ship industry sites that contributed to asbestos exposure in and around Norfolk include:
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard
- Naval Air Station Norfolk (merged with Naval Base Norfolk in 1999)
- Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
- Naval Air Station Oceana
- Newport News Shipyard & Drydock
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk is also an important hub for land transportation, including connections to the rest of the country through a network of railroads. Norfolk Southern Railway has its headquarters in the city and operates 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
The railroad industry used asbestos for the same reason ships did: heat and fire protection. Workers for Norfolk Southern were put at risk for exposure, and some have since sued the company for damages.
Recently, former worker Ronnie Sparks brought a case against Norfolk Southern, claiming exposure to asbestos and toxic chemicals on the job caused his cancer. The former conductor also claims the company violated safety regulations.
Other Norfolk Job Sites With Asbestos
Any industry that operated machinery, ran on steam, or generated high temperatures likely used asbestos, including factories, steel mills, electrical plants, auto repair shops, and railroad terminals. In addition, ships, planes, trains, and automobiles used asbestos-derived components, such as gaskets, valves, or brake pads, to minimize the wear and tear from heat and friction.
Some additional examples of Norfolk job sites that once contained asbestos include:
- Colonna’s Shipyard
- Chesapeake Transit Company/Norfolk Southern Railroad
- C.E. Thurston & Sons
- Norfolk Portland Cement Corporation
- Lone Star Cement Corporation
- Lyon Shipyard
- Norfolk and Portsmouth Traction Company
National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers in Virginia
- Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, 401 College Street, Richmond, VA 23298, (804) 828-0450
- UVA Cancer Center, University of Virginia, 6171 West Complex, Charlottesville, VA 22908, (434) 924-5022
Getting Legal Help
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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.