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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico's unique geology has produced six natural asbestos deposits. It is also home to a number of oil refineries and two power plants at which asbestos has been identified as an issue.

A Hidden Cost of Energy

The Four Corners Power Plant and the San Juan Powerhouse are two of New Mexico's industries at which workers have been at elevated risk for asbestos disease. In 2003 alone, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) which operates most of the state's electrical utilities was a named defendant by a mesothelioma lawyer in 20 asbestos complaints and had been sued over a case of secondary, or non-occupation exposure earlier.

According to a 2003 study in Puerto Rico, 13% of all employees of power generation facilities may have preliminary symptoms of asbestos disease. This study was later confirmed by the Center for Health Statistics with data indicating that three percent of the power plant workers who die of work-related causes are those who have contracted mesothelioma. Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are not only flame-retardant, but resistant to electrical current as well; such materials were used in power plants for over 50 years. ACM products were to be found in electric wiring, panel partitions, and electrical cloth as well as the building materials of the structure itself.

Oil Refineries in New Mexico

Even in crude form, petroleum is highly toxic and volatile as well. This is why oil refineries are constructed with large amounts of ACM building and insulation. Ironically, one source of asbestos danger was in the clothing designed to furnish protection from burn injuries, which was lined with asbestos.

Asbestos is invariably used in situations in which heat or fire is a hazard. In addition, many buildings in general before 1980 incorporated ACM plaster, drywall, and even cement in their construction.

Natural Asbestos Deposits in New Mexico

According to Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry maps, there are four deposits of chrysotile and two of amphibole minerals within the state. Two chrysotile deposits are found near Lordsburg and Deming in the state's southwestern region, while the third is situated about halfway between El Paso and Las Cruces approximately fifteen miles north of the Texas-New Mexico state line. One amphibole source is located in New Mexico's “boot heel” in the middle of the desert, while the other one is near the town of Ruidoso. A fourth chrysotile outcropping has been identified approximately thirty mines northwest of this location.

Asbestos Exposure in New Mexico Cities

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

Asbestos Exposure at New Mexico 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 to develop one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.


  • Alamogordo Lambert Company
  • Alamogordo Lumber Company
  • Holloman Air Force Base
  • M.R. Prestridge Lumber Company
  • Merrill H. Fisher
  • Southwest Lumber Company
  • Texas Louisiana Power Company
  • White Sands Missile Range


  • Navajo Refining


  • A.T. and Sante Fe Railway System
  • Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • Southern Public Service Company
  • Town of Clovis


  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Chaco Compressor Station
  • Farmington Insulation & Metal Supply Inc.
  • Four Corners Powerhouse
  • Municipal Light Plant Farmington
  • Plateau Refinery
  • Production Equipment Corp
  • San Juan Power Plant


  • Arizona Public Service Company
  • Four Corners Power Plant
  • Four Corners Steam Electric Generating Plant
  • Lovington Power Plant
  • Public Service Company of New Mexico


  • Ciniza Refinery
  • City Power Plant
  • El Paso Natural Gas Company
  • Gallup Refinery
  • Giant Refining New Mexico
  • Hudson Engineering Corporation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Stears-Roger Manufacturing Company
  • United Nuclear Corporation
  • Wingate Fractionation Plan


  • Ace Building & Supply Company
  • Ace Welding Service
  • Climax Chemical Company
  • H B Zachry Company
  • Maddok Power Plant
  • New Mexico Electric Service Company
  • Northern Natural Gas Company
  • Warren Petroleum Corporation
  • Wonder Building Display


  • American Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company
  • Chino Mines Company
  • Chino Mines Power Plant
  • Kennecott Copper Company
  • Kennicott Copper Mines
  • Nevada Consolidated Copper Corporation
  • Phelps Dodge Mining

Las Cruces

  • Burn Construction Company, Inc.
  • City of Las Cruces Gas Distribution System
  • El Paso Electric Company
  • Farmers Compress Company
  • Haines Sewing Plant
  • New Mexico State University

Los Alamos

  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Los Alamos Atomic Testing Site
  • Los Alamos Laboratories
  • Los Alamos Power Plant
  • Zia Corporation


  • International Minerals and Chemical Corp
  • United States Potash Company


  • Lea County Electric Cooperative Inc
  • Turbine Generator
  • Warren Petroleum Corporation


  • Community Power and Light Company
  • Malco Refineries, Inc.
  • Missile Site
  • Monterrey School
  • Pecos Valley Compress Company
  • Roswell Brackish Water Treatment Facility
  • Roswell Electric Light Company
  • Roswell Industrial Air Center
  • Roswell Laundry Company
  • Southwestern Public Service Company
  • St. Marys Hospital
  • Walker Air Force Base

Santa Fe

  • Aqua Fria School
  • Neff Buckner
  • New Mexico State Penitentiary
  • Santa Fe General Hospital

Silver City

  • New Mexico Light Heat and Power Company
  • New Mexico State Teachers College
  • Silver City Reduction Company
  • Socorro Mines
  • Town of Silver City

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in New Mexico

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

1201 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Mesothelioma Doctors in New Mexico

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

Dr. Jess D. Schwartz
University of New Mexico Cancer Center
University of New Mexico Cancer Center
2211 Lomas Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Filing an Asbestos Claim in New Mexico

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in New Mexico, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim or to seek financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Asbestos Related News in New Mexico

Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority Assists Town of Vaughn With Asbestos Fine

The Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority has decided to help the Town of Vaughn with its defunct landfill, asbestos pile, and fines from May.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Who Is At Risk of Exposure to Asbestos?” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (accessed 23 August 2010).

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.

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).

Public Service Company of New Mexico. "Form 8-K." SEC filing, 22 April 2003. (accessed 23 August 2010).

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