With an extensive history of mining and industrialization, the state of California is home to several types of naturally occurring asbestos, comprising for 95 percent of the asbestos found here in the U.S. It is predominant in the coastal areas of California in the form of rocks.
Asbestos and its use in the industry have a long history in California, but it wasn’t until 1990 that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) finally started regulating the amount of serpentine asbestos used on surface applications that were once just cement-based. A lot of the existing California roads and highways still contain asbestos today. When inhaled, the asbestos fibers attach themselves to the lining of the lungs (pleura) and begin to either scar the tissues or develop into mesothelioma (cancer of the lung lining).
Asbestos diseases are life-threatening illnesses. If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, we encourage you to contact our leading California mesothelioma attorneys for a free and confidential case consultation. There is a good chance that you’re eligible for significant compensation.
Where You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos in California
- Harvey Aluminum
- California Steel
- Kaiser Aluminum
- LA County Electric
- PG&E Power Plant
- Southern California Edison
- Diablo Canyon Power
- San Onofre Nuclear
- Consolidated Steel
- Hunters Point Naval
- Long beach Naval
- Mare Island Naval
- Terminal Island Naval
- Todd Shipyards
- Western Shipyard
- General Dynamics
- Moore Dry Dock
- Richmond Shipyards
- San Francisco Dry Dock
- San Diego Naval Shipyard
- California Navy Shipyard
Residential & Recreational Exposure in California
Asbestos can be found naturally occurring in more than half of California’s counties, with deposits found most abundantly in San Benito, Monterey, El Dorado, and Humboldt counties. Due to the state’s large amounts of naturally occurring asbestos, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to protect residents have been an uphill battle. However, El Dorado County managed to successfully flourish built just above a large asbestos deposit.
An enormous area in California popular for its recreational use is the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA). Located beneath this oasis
is one of the most massive asbestos deposits in the world. With its serene environment, scenic landscapes and bridges, CCMA attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. The CCMA also holds a lengthy history of mining.
Residential asbestos exposure can occur even without the presence of naturally occurring asbestos. Asbestos can be brought into your home utilizing construction (if your home was built prior to late 1970s) or occupationally through the equipment and work clothes of a loved one. Just as smoking can cause secondhand effects on those around the smoker, secondary exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma as well. The manufacturers of asbestos are responsible for the aftermath of your exposure and are liable for any damages that you and your family have accrued due to mesothelioma.
California’s Industrial Use of Asbestos
California is home to a strong industrial-ruled economy in areas such as:
- Power plants
Being that California is a densely populated state, the demand for a constant supply of electricity is high. To supply this high demand for electric power, hundreds to thousands of power plants are built all over the state of California to ensure the constant supply of electricity to its citizens. Within the walls of most power plants exists asbestos-containing products that leave thousands of workers exposed to asbestos on a daily basis.
Known for its days during the initial Gold Rush, California provides lucrative natural resources for mining. The mining industry has a strong presence in California, and there are thousands of holes that still exist today. At some point, mining was commercialized which left many at risk for asbestos exposure. Today, some mines have been closed and abandoned, but those who once worked as miners are still at risk for exposure and may very well be going through latency periods, if not already diagnosed with some type of asbestos-related disease.
Being a state that defines the entire coastal shores of the west, California has a large marine industry including shipyards and shipbuilding. This particular business went to an all-time high during World War II as naval fleets were built on the shores of California. During the renovations, repair or construction of these vessels, asbestos-containing products were often disturbed and released fibers into the air that were inhaled by shipyard workers.
Legal Resources for California
The typical statute of limitations for civil cases in the state of California is two years, although it is difficult to apply that in a mesothelioma case when the latency period and diagnosis may not occur until at least 15 years after asbestos exposure.
We invite you to contact our experienced and knowledgeable California mesothelioma lawyers as soon as possible. We’ll provide you with a timely, free legal consultation and help you understand your legal rights.