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, many oil refineries operated from Wyoming. 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. The microscopic fibers are easily ingested and over time, can cause toxic illnesses.
Further, power plants also used asbestos, mostly as insulation. Boilers, generators, turbines, and machinery were filled with asbestos in order to control high temperatures and fire. The use of asbestos in power plants 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, in particular, were at risk, as they were responsible for cutting, sewing, 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 the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, there have been 549 asbestos-related deaths. These numbers are expected to grow as more people begin to experience symptoms of mesothelioma, which can lie dormant for up to 50 years.
Many Wyoming schools that were built prior to the early 80s contain asbestos. A good majority 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. Subsequently, 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 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. 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
- Natrona County has had the most mesothelioma deaths.
Per the National Center for Health Statistics, six asbestos-related deaths 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 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 handled and remove asbestos from any location must be trained properly. They also 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
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.
Once victims are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, they are usually already in the latest stages of 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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