Iowa Mesothelioma Attorneys and Asbestos Cancer Resources (IA)
Iowa (IA) Asbestos Information:
Iowa’s primary industry is agriculture; as a result, the rate of asbestos-related mortality in this state has been somewhat lower than other areas of the nation. Since 1979, 460 Iowans (out of a population of approximately 2.9 million) have lost their lives to asbestos diseases. The overwhelming majority of these were from mesothelioma, which accounted for roughly 80% of these fatalities.
Where the Asbestos Is
For the most part, it was at the state’s power plants where workers were exposed to asbestos. This is not surprising in light of a Puerto Rican study performed recently, where 13% of power plant workers showed some degree of asbestos-related scarring of the lungs when chest x-rays were examined.
Asbestos is primarily used as a fire retardant and heat shield. In facilities that have steam generators, asbestos packing is found in pipe fittings, while asbestos insulation is frequently used around pipes themselves as well as fire doors. While there have been efforts in the U.S. and abroad to reduce and abate asbestos products in such plants, malignant mesothelioma rates have been climbing in many areas.
The Iowa power plants are located primarily in and around the cities of Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Iowa City, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo, and include Alliant Power Stack, Duane Arnold Alliant Energy, Iowa Light & Power, Iowa Power and Light, Sioux City Coal and Gas, Storm Lake Power Plant and the Tipton Power Plant.
In another 2007 issue, students at one Iowa elementary school had their classes relocated as officials discovered that the glue on asbestos-containing ceiling tiles was failing, causing tiles to fall. Again, this points to the fact that despite lack of Iowa mesothelioma lawsuits, there are reasons for continued concern by Iowa’s citizens. In fact, four mesothelioma victims and their Iowa mesothelioma lawyers have come together in 2007 in a lawsuit against a Des Moines company that manufactures putty used for wood and plaster repairs, model building and sculpting. This is only the second asbestos-related lawsuit for the company, which has made putty since 1932. In 2005 the first case was dismissed when tests conducted on behalf of the plaintiff failed to find asbestos.