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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Arizona


Tucson, Arizona has been home to a large asbestos industry since the middle of last century. Starting in the 1950s and 60s, American Asbestos Mines, part of Arizona Asbestos Inc., operated asbestos mines. Today the EPA-accredited Asbestos Institute, Inc. in Phoenix works to train and certify those in asbestos management and abatement.

Industry and Asbestos in Arizona

Three main industries in the state of Arizona have handled asbestos. They include:

  • Solomon’s Mines, a vermiculite facility
  • 7 major power-generation stations
  • 3 major copper-smelting companies

W. R. Grace & Company, infamous for their asbestos mines and the people of Libby, Montana, also operated a vermiculite packing plant in Phoenix called Solomon’s Mines, Inc. The vermiculite, itself harmless, was contaminated with Amphibole asbestos from the Libby mines, and thus any mine workers, their families and those who lived in the area from 1964 until 1992, as well as current residents, are at risk for asbestos fiber exposure. Employees of these and other similar industries prior to 1990 are advised to have regular checkups at any of the mesothelioma clinics in their area in order to check for and catch asbestos diseases early.

Asbestos Deaths in Arizona

Starting in 1979 and twenty years following, over 500 Arizona residents were diagnosed with and died from asbestos cancer, with the highest death rates in Maricopa County and the lowest in La Paz County. Nearly 60% of these developed mesothelioma.

Laws Related to Asbestos in Arizona

Laws require that reports of diagnoses of asbestosis and mesothelioma must be made at the local level, and process up from there. Enforcement codes also state that employers need to provide employees with a recognizable-hazard-free work environment and job, as well as meet occupational safety and health standards. A mesothelioma lawyer can assist in these reports.

Arizona Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Arizona where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Arizona, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Arizona Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma.


  • Indian Hospital
  • New Corneilia Copper Company
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
  • Phelps-Dodge Corporation


  • General Electric - Turbine
  • South Western Nitrochemical Company
  • Southwestern Agrichemical Company
  • Spreckels Sugar Company
  • Spreckles Sugar Plant
  • Williams Air Force Base


  • Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Plant
  • Phoenix Cement Company
  • United Verde Copper Company
  • United Verde Extension Mining Company


  • Arizona Copper Company Ltd
  • Phelps Dodge Aluminum
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Products
  • Phelps Dodge Corporation
  • Shannon Copper Company


  • Apache Generating Station
  • Apache Station
  • Arizona Electric Power Cooperative
  • Cochise Powerhouse/ Arizona Electric Power Co-Op
  • General Electric


  • Calumet and Arizona Mining Company
  • Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company
  • Douglas Improvement Company
  • Phelps Dodge Copper Mine
  • Phelps Dodge Corporation (Douglas Smelter)
  • Us Inspection Station


  • Arizona State Teacher's College
  • Flagstaff Electric Light Company
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Ponderosa Paper Products Company Incn
  • Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company
  • Southwest Forest Industries
  • Southwest Lumber Mills
  • Wisconsin Tissue

Fossil Creek

  • Childs-Irving Power Plant


  • Ariz. Eastern Railroad Company
  • Arizona Commercial Copper Company
  • Cypress Mines
  • Gibson Copper Company
  • Globe Light and Power Company
  • Inspiration Copper Mine
  • Mercury Mines of America
  • Old Dominion Copper Mining and Smelting Company
  • Superior and Boston Copper Company


  • American Smelting & Refining Company
  • Kennecott Copper Company
  • Kennecott Copper Smelter
  • Kennecott Minerals Company
  • Ray Consolidated Copper Company


  • Cholla Power Plant


  • Anaconda Copper Mining Company
  • Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company
  • Inspiration Copper Mine
  • International Consolidated Copper Company
  • Miami Copper Company


  • Arizona Public Service Company
  • Navajo Generating Station
  • Navajo Generating Station - Salt River Project
  • Page Arizona Powerplant
  • Page Power Plant
  • Power Plant

San Manuel

  • Arizona Rr Company
  • Bhp Cooper
  • HP Copper
  • Magma Copper Company
  • San Manuel Copper Corporation
  • San Manuel Copper Refinery


  • Abitibi Consolidated
  • Smurfit Stone Corp
  • Snowflake Paper and Pulp
  • Snowflake Paper Mill
  • Southwest Forest Industries
  • Southwest Lumber Mills Inc

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Arizona

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Arizona. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006

14200 W. Fillmore Street
Goodyear, AZ 85338

3838 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Mesothelioma Doctors in Arizona

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Arizona. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Linda L. Garland
University of Arizona Cancer Center
North Campus
3838 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Arizona

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Arizona, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.



Arizona Department of Health Services. "Neighborhood Health Alert." Published in conjunction with the Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Arizona State Legislature. "Department of Health Services; Additional Functions: Asbestos and Mesothelioma." (accessed 23 August 2010).

Arizona State Legislature. "Division of Occupational Safety and Health: Employer's duty." (accessed 23 August 2010).

Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. "Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska." Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007. (accessed 23 August 2010).

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