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-related diseases, such as malignant mesothelioma on an annual basis. Primarily, Wyoming mesothelioma cancer victims were exposed to asbestos while working in industries such as oil rigs, power companies, refineries, and construction.
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Industries That Used Asbestos in Wyoming
Wyoming has a history of being one of the prime states for the oil industry. Since it’s packed with petroleum, several oil refineries operated from Wyoming. Unfortunately, the majority of machinery in oil refineries were filled with asbestos for its heat and fire-resistant properties, as petroleum is a highly flammable and dangerous substance.
Unbeknownst at the time, thousands of people who worked around the machinery were being exposed daily to harmful asbestos fibers.
In addition, power plants used asbestos extensively as insulation. Boilers, generators, turbines,and machinery were filled with asbestos in order to control high temperatures and fire. In fact, the use of asbestos in power plants continued up until only a few decades ago.
Prior to the early 80s, thousands of Wyoming power plant workers were exposed at significant rates to the harmfuls fibers. Maintenance and construction workers in particular were risk as they were responsible for cutting, sawing, and/or repairing machinery and parts that contained asbestos. On top of machinery filled with asbestos, many power plants in Wyoming also contained floors and roofing, doubling the risk of asbestos exposure.
As a result of the prolonged exposure, thousands of Wyoming residents now suffer from mesothelioma cancer and other debilitating diseases such as asbestosis. Others, unfortunately, have passed away from asbestos-related diseases. According to CDC, there was a total of 140 deaths between 1999-2005, and the numbers are expected to grow as more people begin to experience symptoms of mesothelioma, which can lie dormant for up to 50 years.
Several Wyoming schools that were built prior to the early 80s contain asbestos. Many of these schools are still in operation today. In fact, the University of Wyoming was found to contain so much asbestos that in 2009, it was considered to be unsafe. Consequently, the school was issued a violation by the Department of Environmental Quality and was mandated to demolish several buildings.
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 a $400,000 renovation project in order to remove the asbestos.
Several other elementary, middle, and high schools still contain asbestos yet have not been renovated or demolished. These schools undergo frequent evaluations and must follow a plan that helps prevent the disruption of any asbestos-containing materials.
Other Businesses Associated with Asbestos Use in Wyoming:
Listed below are major companies and businesses associated with asbestos in Wyoming. Keep in mind that there may be other companies that are not listed.
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 Mesothelioma Statistics
Although Wyoming has one of the lowest rates of mesothelioma deaths in the nation with only 50 totals deaths, it has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related illnesses per capita.
Natrona County has had the most mesothelioma deaths.
Per National Center for Health Statistics, six of the 50 total deaths between 1999-2005 happened in 2005 alone.
The Environmental Working Group noted over 35 mesothelioma cases in Wyoming from 1979 to 2001.
Wyoming’s Asbestos Laws
Wyoming, as with every other state in the nation, has measures in place to monitor and oversee the removal of asbestos. 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 used to handle and also remove asbestos from any location has to trained properly and must contact the state environmental coordinators before qualifications are met.
Wyoming Solid Waste Guideline #5 is the main reference in the identification and proper removal of asbestos. In this case, it also advised to contact a state environmental coordinator for additional clarification prior to removal.
The removal and then disposal of asbestos products are very simplified. 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. And in certain cases where a landfill cannot dispose of the Asbestos product, one may need to hire contractors for proper removal.
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
Asbestos-related diseases are still considered rare in the medical world.Therefore, it’s important to find a physician that understand and specializes in these types of diseases, and can offer the best mesothelioma treatments.
The Huntsman Cancer Center in the nearby state of Utah is backed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a comprehensive cancer treatment center. It’s imperative to seek treatment in places that have the experience and knowledge of such a rare disease as time is a critical factor.
Once victims are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, they are usually already in latest stages of the cancer as the symptoms of mesothelioma typically lie dormant for up to 50 years.. A small clinic and/or a general practice physician may not have the kind of experience and/or medical equipment needed to give you the best possible options.
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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