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Asbestos and Mesothelioma in Nevada


There are no naturally-occurring asbestos deposits in the state of Nevada; neither have there ever been asbestos industries. There are however over a dozen power generation plants, where workers have been exposed to friable asbestos fibers.

Asbestos has been used for over half a century not only as a flame retardant but as an electrical insulator. Wiring and panel partitions as well as electrical cloth all contained significant amounts of asbestos material; asbestos was used to insulate electrical conduits, and much of the building itself – such as plaster, drywall, and cement – was made with asbestos fibers.

Power plant workers were identified as a high-risk group for asbestos disease when in 2003, doctors in Puerto Rico examined the chest x-rays from a large group of power plant employees. Thirteen percent of these x-rays showed signs of asbestos disease even when tobacco use was factored out.

Asbestos Exposure in Nevada

Although there are few old or historic buildings in the densely-populated Clark County (Las Vegas) area, asbestos building materials were used extensively in building construction up through the 1980s. Because of this, asbestos disease disproportionately affects construction workers for this reason. One asbestos site was the Concord State Hospital, where asbestos insulation was used throughout the building.

Foreland is an oil refinery located in Tonopah. There is actually a small source of petroleum in this part of Nevada, which is used to make diesel fuel. According to Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, oil industry workers are among those at greatest risk for asbestos disease. Because petroleum is highly flammable even in its crude form, substantial amounts of asbestos have been used throughout the construction of oil refineries.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Nevada

Of the 154 asbestos-related deaths in Nevada during the last twenty years of the last century, most were mesothelioma victims living in the metropolitan areas of Clark County-Las Vegas Metro and Washoe County (Reno). Only two such fatalities were recorded outside these regions. Residents from all counties should seek medical attention if they believe they have been exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure in Nevada by City

The following list of cities in the state of Nevada house job sites known to have asbestos containing materials. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Nevada, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on a city to view a complete list of job sites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Nevada Jobsites

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


  • Beowawe Power Plant


  • Foreland Refining


  • Brady Power Plant


  • Laughlin Air Force Base
  • Mojave Generating Station
  • Southern California Edison Company


  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Atomic Test Site
  • Catalytic Construction
  • Reynolds Electric


  • Nevada Power Company
  • Reid Gardner Power Plant
  • Reid Gardner Station


  • Basic Magnesium, Inc.
  • Defense Plant Corporation
  • Manganese Ore Corp


  • Nugget Casino
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Sierra Pacific Power Company
  • Southern Pacific Company
  • Wells Cargo Inc


  • Valmy Generating Station


  • Fort Churchill Generating Station


  • Wabuska

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Nevada

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Nevada. 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.

601 S. Rancho Dr., C-26
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Mesothelioma Doctors in Nevada

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

Dr. Nicholas J. Vogelzang
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
Central Valley Treatment Center
3730 S. Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Nevada

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Nevada, 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 Related News in Nevada

Leaked Nevada State Emails Downplay I-11 Asbestos Study

Nevada State Health Department emails show its high-ranking officials purposefully downplayed scientific asbestos research on the I-11 bypass project.

Traces of Asbestos Found During Nevada's I-11 Route Construction

Naturally occurring asbestos was discovered near Las Vegas, Nevada during work on the new I-11 Interstate, which will be costly to remove.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Nevada.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)

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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