According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wyoming has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related illnesses. Over 20 Wyoming residents per million die from asbestos diseases, such as malignant mesothelioma, on an annual basis. The majority of cases of exposure to asbestos in the state occurred in workplaces, and the oil industry has been largely responsible.
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Wyoming Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013 the state of Wyoming had 549 deaths related to asbestos exposure.
- The number of asbestos deaths is small compared to other states, but as a percentage of population it is among the highest.
- The deaths related to asbestos have been mostly from lung cancer, followed by mesothelioma and asbestos.
- The area of the state with the most asbestos deaths is in Natrona and Laramie Counties.
The Energy Industry and Asbestos in Wyoming
Wyoming has a long history of the energy industry, in particular oil. The state is rich in this resource, so oil refineries are important workplaces and a big part of the state economy. Machinery in oil refineries contained asbestos to protect against heat and fire.
Power plants have also provided a lot of jobs for Wyoming workers. Boilers, generators, turbines, and machinery in power plants were made with asbestos in order to control high temperatures and fire. This use continued up until only a few decades ago.
Prior to the early 80s, many Wyoming power plant workers were exposed at significant rates to the harmful fibers. Maintenance and construction workers were at particular risk of asbestos exposure. In addition to machinery filled with asbestos, many power plants in Wyoming also contained asbestos in floors and roofing.
Asbestos in Wyoming Schools
Several Wyoming schools that were built prior to the early 80s contain asbestos. Many are still in operation today. The University of Wyoming was found to contain so much asbestos that in 2009, it was considered to be unsafe. Subsequently, the school was issued a violation by the Department of Environmental Quality.
In an annual evaluation, Wyoming’s Natrona County High School was found to contain a substantial amount of asbestos. In 2009, the county school board ordered a $400,000 renovation and asbestos removal project. Several other elementary, middle, and high schools still contain asbestos yet have not been renovated or demolished.
Wyoming Workplaces with Known Asbestos
Listed below are major companies and businesses associated with asbestos in Wyoming.
Oil and Fuel Companies
- Colorado Oil and Gas
- Cambria Fuel Company
- Fargo Oil Company
- Utah Oil Refining Company
- Continental Oil Company
- Midwest Refining Company
- Standard Oil Company of Indiana
- Husky Refining Company
- Little America Refining
- Texaco Oil Refining- Wyoming
- Mutual Oil Company
- Continental Oil Company
- Utah Oil Refining Company – Granger Station
- Midwest Refining Company – Laramil
- Colo Fuel and Iron Company
- Midwest Refining Company- Mammoth
- Consumer Oil and Refining Company
- Wyoming Refining
- Sinclair Oil
- Pan American Petroleum
- Midwest Refining Company-Salt Creek
- Exxon – Shute Creek
- Midwest Refining Company- Teapot
- Utah Oil Refining Company – Wamsutter
- Pure Oil Company
- Dave Johnston Power Plant
- Steam Power Plant
- Alumina Plant
- Bridger Power Plant
- Stauffer Chemical Power Plant
- Acme Plant
- Laramie River Power Plant
- Wyodak Plant
- Wyoming Coal and Iron Company
- Union Pacific Coal Company- Hannah, Cumberland, Reliance, Rock Spring, and Winton
- Diamond Coal and Coke Company- Diamondville and Oakley
- Gebo Coal Company
- Owl Creek Coal Company
- Teapot Coal Company
- Kemmerer Coal Company
- Gebo Coal Company
- Lion Coal Company
- Wyodak Coal and Manufacturing Company
Utilities and Natural Gas Companies
- Colorado Oil & Gas – Bitter Creek
- Buffalo Northwest Electric Company
- Black Hills Power and Light
- Pacific Power and Light
- Utah Power and Light – Kemmerer
- El Paso Natural Gas Company
- Montana Dakota Utilities Company
- Perkins Power Company
- Sheridan County Electric Company
- Hot Springs Light and Power Company
Wyoming’s Asbestos Laws
Wyoming has measures in place to monitor and oversee asbestos removal. These measures are put into place by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that working around asbestos and handling asbestos is done as safely as possible:
- The state of Wyoming requires that personnel that handling and removing asbestos from any location must be trained properly.
- They also must contact the state environmental coordinators before qualifications are met.
- The disposal of asbestos products is regulated. Asbestos, in a “friable” condition, breaks down easily and is no harm to the environment. And as such, can be disposed of in a local landfill.
- Non-friable Asbestos products, due to the fibers not breaking down easily, require permission from a local landfill operator prior to anticipated disposal.
For additional information and more detailed resources, contact the Wyoming DEQ at the following numbers:
- Cheyenne: 307-777-7937
- Lander: 307-302-3047
- Sheridan: 307-673-9337
- Casper: 307-473-3465
Getting Medical Help in Wyoming
It’s important to find medical care from a physician who understands and specializes in asbestos diseases, as they generally can offer the most comprehensive treatment options.
The Huntsman Cancer Center in the nearby state of Utah is backed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a comprehensive cancer treatment center.
Wyoming Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
- Asbestos-related lawsuits follow under the personal injury statute of limitations in Wyoming.
- In order to file, plaintiffs must do so within four years from the time of the discovery of the asbestos-related or within four years from the date that the illness should have been reasonably discovered.
- The asbestos-related wrongful death statute is a bit shorter. Plaintiffs must file within two years from the victim’s date of death.
Getting Legal Help in Wyoming
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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.