Bremerton Naval Shipyard

Bremerton Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, better known as the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, is a U.S. shipyard located over 179 acres, in Bremerton, Washington. Similar to most shipyards in the past, Bremerton Naval Shipyard relied asbestos for its affordability, resistance to heat and fire, and ease of use. Yet, as convenient as it was, asbestos led to numerous workers developing toxic illnesses, such asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma.

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Bremerton Naval Shipyard History

Bremerton Naval Shipyard was established in 1891 when the U.S. Navy activated it for repair work. By the time World War II began, the shipyard had grown substantially in size, and began repairing battle ships of the United States Fleet and its Allies. When the Korean War arrived, the shipyard began. building vessels, modernizing carriers, and activating new ships.

Due to its large growth, the Bremerton Naval Yard became the largest shipyard on the West Coast of the U.S., but it also became one of the most toxic shipyards, littered with excessive amounts of hazardous materials and wastes, including an exorbitant amount of asbestos. Along with asbestos, the shipyard also used nuclear materials on sub fleets, which led to numerous complaints and substantial fines against the shipyard, set forth by Washington State agencies.

As a result, Bremerton Naval Shipyard was eventually (after long delays) designated as a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It still remains one of the most toxic sites (#17 in the nation) on EPA’s National Priority List.

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Designated as Superfund Site

Bremerton Naval Shipyard used asbestos for a variety of products, equipment, and machinery for many decades. Even though the shipyard became aware of the hazards of asbestos in the 1940s, a spokesperson for the Bremerton stated that there was not enough information given on the toxicity of the mineral for anyone to be fully aware of just how hazardous it was.

Nevertheless, the EPA designated the shipyard as a Superfund site, as not only were thousands of workers placed at risk, but anyone who lived in the general area were susceptibel to inhaling/ingesting deadly asbestos fibers on any given day. According to the EPA, up to 50,000 people live within a mile of the shipyard.

In addition, the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency, after investigations, fined Bremerton Naval Shipyard more than $300,000 for violating asbestos-handling laws.

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Asbestos Lawsuits and Investigations

Court documents indicate that asbestos manufacturers that shipped products to Bremerton Naval Shipyard have been under numerous lawsuits from workers who developed life-threatening illnesses after working around toxic, asbestos-containing products. Uniroyal, in particular, an asbestos cloth manufacturer, faced a large amount of mesothelioma lawsuits and other asbestos-related claims after supplying the shipyard with numerous asbestos products.

In addition to asbestos cloths, a multitude of asbestos-containing products, provided by numerous asbestos manufacturers, were used at Bremerton Shipyard. In lawsuits against Uniroyal, as well as other companies associated with asbestos, it was determined that a number of products led to workers developing illnesses. The most common types of products included pipes and piping, insulation, wallboard, boilers, aprons, and work gear.

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Today

Bremerton Naval Shipyard is now known as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). According to the U.S. Navy, the shipyard offers the Navy support via technical assistance, logistics support, vessel maintenance and modernization, and engineering assistance. The shipyard, situated on over 170 acres, employees close to 12,000 people. 

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Sources

http://www.navsea.navy.mil/shipyards/puget/page/Bremerton.aspx

http://www.navsea.navy.mil/shipyards/puget/default.aspx

Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Site Progress Profile, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Complex (EPA Id: WA2170023418)

http://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=1001107