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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in South Dakota

South Dakota

South Dakota is home to Custer State Park, where three of South Dakota's naturally-occurring asbestos deposits are found. Two of these are sources of amphiboles, which are the needle-like fibers implicated in the development of mesothelioma. A third amphibole deposit has been found near Jewell Cave National Monument. Directly north of this location are a number of serpentine deposits, which is the source of chrysotile, or “white” asbestos. About 95% of all asbestos used in the U.S. was of this type.

Most of South Dakota's economy is based on agriculture. Asbestos poisoning resulting in agricultural occupations is usually due to exposure in machine shops and mechanical repair facilities as well as older buildings constructed with asbestos-containing materials.

Fire is one hazard associated with the operation of internal combustion engines; thus, asbestos components are installed in many vehicles, including farm equipment. Asbestos is still used in the manufacture of commercial brake linings.

South Dakota Power Plants

South Dakota has a number of power generation facilities, three of which are hydroelectric. Hydroelectric power stations are cleaner than those which burn fossil fuels; however, asbestos exposure can still be a hazard. Turbines and generators usually contain asbestos insulation. This is usually of the amphibole varieties (amosite and crocidolite, or “brown” and “blue” asbestos), which are highly resistant to electrical current. Maintenance workers who service these facilities run a much higher risk of developing an asbestos disease.

Asbestos Risks in Construction and Renovation

Before 1980, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were commonly used in a wide range of building products. One of these was a type of insulation produced and marketed by the of the W.R. Grace corporation. Known as Zonolite®, this was made from a relatively harmless form of clay called vermiculite. The problem was that the material was usually contaminated with tremolite, another form of amphibole asbestos. According to the EPA, there may be millions of homes across the nation in which Zonolite® insulation is still present.

Mesothelioma Statistics in South Dakota

Out of a population of around 800,000 people, there were 55 deaths recorded from mesothelioma and 7 from asbestosis. Although asbestosis is far more common, it is not always immediately fatal; with early diagnosis and proper treatment, such victims may live for many years. Mesothelioma on the other hand is quite deadly and difficult to detect; most patients die within eighteen months of diagnosis.

Asbestos Exposure at South Dakota Jobsites

We have identified a list of asbestos job sites in South Dakota where workers may have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos has causal links to mesothelioma for which there is currently no known cure.


  • Aberdeen Light and Power Company
  • Aberdeen Mill Company
  • Dakota Midland Hospital
  • Lincoln Hall
  • Northern Normal Industrial School
  • Northwestern Public Service Company
  • Risager Plumbing & Heating Company
  • St. Luke Hospital Power Plt


  • Brookings Municipal Light & Power
  • South Dakota State College
  • South Dakota State University

Rapid City

  • A. H. Bennett Company
  • Amdak Corporation
  • Black Hills Generation
  • Black Hills Power and Light Company
  • Consolidation Coal Company
  • Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • Fraser and Chahners
  • General Public Utilities
  • Halde and Fleer, Inc.
  • Healy Plumbing & Heating Company
  • Rapid City Air Force Base
  • Rapid City Lime Company
  • Red Ball Whse
  • So Oak Cement Plant
  • South Dakota Cement Plant
  • State School of Mines
  • V.C. Pengra Construction Company

Sioux Falls

  • Angus Anson Power Plant
  • Argus Leader Building
  • Clinical Building
  • Eureka Milling Company
  • First Congregational Church
  • John Morrell and Company
  • Mac Arthur Company
  • Northern States Power Company
  • Northwest Bell Telephone Company
  • Northwest Security Trust Company
  • Pathfinder Atomic Plt
  • Pathfinder Power Plant
  • Sierra Valley Company Op Assn
  • Sioux Falls Light and Power Company
  • Sioux Falls Powerhouse
  • Sioux Valley Coop Assoc
  • Xcel Energy


  • City Auditorium
  • Collins Hotel
  • Kanal Pine
  • Mount Marty Hospital Assoc
  • South Dakota State Hospital
  • Yankton Industrial Alcohol Corp
  • Yankton State Hosp

Mesothelioma Doctors in South Dakota

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

Dr. Ashraf A. Elshami
Sanford Health/Sanford Pulmonary Medicine Clinic
Sanford Health/Sanford Pulmonary Medicine Clinic
1205 S Grange Avenue, Suite 407
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Filing an Asbestos Claim in South Dakota

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

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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.

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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