Asbestos Exposure Sites in Pennsylvania
Nearly every blue-collar work site in Pennsylvania relied on asbestos for decades, exposing those who worked in these areas to the toxic mineral on a regular basis.
Work sites with a high risk of asbestos exposure included:
- Construction sites
- Steel mills
Pennsylvania miners had a particularly high risk of exposure. Four Pennsylvania mines unearthed this toxic mineral until the health risks became widely known. Anyone working in these mines was exposed all day, every day, for months or years at a time.
Yet the risks of asbestos exposure did not stop with workers. For decades, thousands of asbestos-containing products helped build Pennsylvania towns and cities.
Asbestos can be found in Pennsylvania:
Asbestos in old buildings poses a health threat even today.
In 2019, several Pennsylvania schools shut down after damaged asbestos was found. Some teachers at these schools now suffer from mesothelioma — and hundreds of children may develop the cancer later in life.
Other asbestos exposure sites in Pennsylvania include:
- U.S. Steel, Pittsburgh
- Reading Iron Works, Reading
- Hammermill Paper Company, Erie
- Sun Oil Co. (Sunoco), Marcus Hook
- Philadelphia Naval Yard, Philadelphia
- Bendix Corporation (Honeywell), Wilkes Barre
- Atlantic Richfield Refinery (ARCO), Philadelphia
- Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), Lancaster
- Harrisburg Light and Power Company, Harrisburg
- Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company (Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Co.), Chester
Some of the companies responsible for the asbestos at these exposure sites, like U.S. Steel and Alcoa, had multiple locations in Pennsylvania.
Ambler, Pennsylvania and Asbestos Exposure
The town of Ambler, Pennsylvania contained two highly dangerous asbestos sites. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated these locations as Superfund sites — meaning they were among the most dangerous waste sites in the country.
These sites included:
- The Ambler Asbestos Piles Superfund Site: This site contained about 1.5 million cubic yards of asbestos-contaminated waste. The EPA finished cleaning the site in 1993 but still monitors it today.
- BoRit Asbestos Superfund Site: The EPA found a 2.5-acre pile of asbestos waste on this site. Immediate cleanup was completed in 2017 and long-term cleanup plans are ongoing.
Despite these cleanup efforts, residents continue to suffer. A review by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health found that the rate of mesothelioma in Ambler was 3.1 times higher than in the rest of Pennsylvania.
Victims can learn how, when, and where they were exposed to asbestos by working with Pennsylvania mesothelioma lawyers.
With this information, lawyers can help victims get money to cover treatment expenses and other financial benefits.