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Asbestos in Power Plants

There are over 2,000 electricity-generating plants in the United States. It is not difficult to understand why; electricity is a vital part of our economy and our way of life. Unfortunately, the production of electricity also has its costs. There are a number of pollutants associated with the production of electricity, whether plants use coal, natural gases, or radioactive materials.

Some of these pollutants, such as greenhouse gasses or nuclear waste, have received extensive attention from environmental groups and the media. Others, however, are not as well known. For example, people who worked in any kind of power plant prior to 1987 may not be aware that they are at risk for asbestos-related conditions.

Uses of Asbestos

Before government regulations of asbestos were finally put into place, asbestos was used extensively in power plants. Some of its more common uses included:

  • Insulation for walls, piping, and electrical wiring
  • Protective coatings for pipes, turbines, and heavy machinery
  • The production of gaskets, clutches, and brake pads
  • The production of building materials such as sheet metal and cement
  • Protective coatings for floors and walls

Some workers were placed at risk when they directly handled materials like these. Other workers may not have manipulated these materials, but were still placed in danger simply by working in areas where these materials were present. Even family members of power plant workers could be placed at risk due to asbestos dust on workers’ clothing.

Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

When power plant workers or their families were exposed to asbestos dust, they were placed at risk for inhaling or ingesting sharp, microscopic asbestos fibers. These fibers cannot be broken down by the body; instead, they can lodge in bodily tissue and cause extensive damage. Over the course of several years, this damage may develop into conditions such as:

  • Asbestosis, a chronic lung condition
  • Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer affecting the body cavity’s protective lining
  • Lung cancer

If you or a family member worked in a power plant prior to 1987, you may be at risk for asbestos exposure. It is important to disclose this information to your primary care physician about your experience with asbestos in power plants. If you believe you have been exposed to this harmful substance, please contact the asbestos lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-781-3955 today.

Power Plants in the US

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