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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Virginia


Virginia's naturally-occurring asbestos deposits were formed by the same geologic processes that raised the Appalachian Mountains over 300 million years ago. Virginia has several asbestos deposits along the Blue Ridge, which have become exposed as this ancient mountain range has worn down over the millennia. Unfortunately, a sizable concentration of these deposits are located in a densely populated area just west of Washington D.C. south of the Maryland state line. Two more asbestos sites are located on the north and south edges of the Richmond metro area, while the rest are located along the east slope of the Appalachians to the southwest.

Asbestos Use in Virginia Industry

Industries that have been identified as asbestos exposure sites in the state of Virginia include:

  • shipyards
  • power plants
  • oil refineries
  • chemical laboratories.

Both the Dow and DuPont Corporations operate facilities in Virginia. Amphibole fibers such as amosite and crocidolite are highly resistant to chemical corrosion, which is why they were used extensively at these companies' facilities – primarily on lab surfaces (work tables and counters) and in the lining of protective clothing.

Asbestos is also an excellent insulator when it comes to electrical current. Virginia has several power generation facilities where asbestos exposure has been identified as a serious health hazard. This danger has been confirmed in numerous studies, including one published in 2007 in which 13% of chest x-rays taken of power plant workers showed abnormalities associated with asbestos disease.

Asbestos insulation and lagging was used in the construction of the building itself as well as turbines and generators. As it aged, this material began to crumble and the movement of the machinery would blow loose fibers into the environment. Center for Heath Statistics data indicates that power plant workers are among those industrial employees most likely contract mesothelioma.

Virginia's maritime industries go back to the founding of the original Jamestown Colony four hundred years ago. Today, the following shipyards have been identified as asbestos jobsites:

  • Lyon Shipyard
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Asbestos was used throughout the construction of commercial and Naval vessels until the early 1980s. By some estimates, there were as many deaths from asbestos illness among shipyard workers as there were among active combat sailors.

Mesothelioma Statistics for Virginia

Between 1980 and 2000, 1,389 deaths due to asbestos disease were recorded in the state of Virginia. Most of these were from asbestosis; in Newport News, those who died from asbestosis outnumber mesothelioma victims by 75%.

Virginia Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Virginia where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Virginia, 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 Virginia 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 to develop: mesothelioma (a terminal cancer) or asbestos-related lung cancer.


  • Burlington Industries, Inc.
  • Dominion Energy Inc
  • Klopman Mills
  • L. G. and E. Westmoreland
  • Lane Company, Inc.
  • Ross Laboratories
  • Ultrasystems/Altavista


  • American Oil Company
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company

Bermuda Hundred

  • American Tobacco Company
  • Brown and Williamson
  • Hurstbourne Highrise Office Building
  • Hydronautics Incorporated
  • R. C. Plant

Big Island

  • Bedford Pulp and Paper Company
  • Big Island Paper Mill
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • National Container Corp of Virginia
  • Owens-Illinois Glass Company
  • Owens‐Illinois Paper Mill
  • Owens-Illinois, Incorporated


  • Blacksburg Insulation
  • Corning Glass Works
  • Radford College
  • V.P.I. Dining Hall
  • V.P.I. Home Economics Building
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Bremo Bluff

  • Bremo Bluff Power Station
  • Dominion Resources
  • Dominion Virginia Power
  • Vepco, Bremo Power Station
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company
  • Virginia Power and Light Company


  • Bristol Memorial Hospital
  • Columbian Paper Company
  • Dealers Warehouse
  • Electric Transmission Company
  • Paty Lbr. Company, Inc.
  • Valley Dale Packing Company
  • Virginia Iron, Coal, and Coke Company

Buena Vista

  • Allegheny Ore and Iron Company
  • Buena Vista Fire Clay Company
  • Dickinson Fire Brick Company
  • Plant of A O and I Company
  • Reeves Brothers Inc
  • Ultrasystems


  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Clinch River Plant


  • Charlottesville and Albermarle Railway Company
  • Institute of Textile Technology
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • North Site Junior High School
  • O'Ferral, Incorporated
  • University of Virginia
  • Williams residence


  • Dominion Virginia Power
  • Vepco, Portsmouth Power Station
  • Virginia Electric, Portsmouth Power Station
  • Volvo of America Corp


  • American Tobacco
  • Brown and Williamson Tobacco
  • Chesterfield Power Sta
  • Honeywell International
  • Philip Morris Usa
  • Vepco, Chesterfield Power Station
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company


  • Allied Chemical Corporation
  • Chesterfield Power Sta Nbr 5
  • Dutch Gap Powerhouse
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
  • Ed Turner Excavating
  • Honeywell

Clifton Forge

  • C & O Railroad
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad
  • General Electric
  • Gladys Inn Hotel
  • Y.M.C.A. Clifton Forge


  • Covington Paper Mill
  • Frank Lyman
  • Hercules, Inc.
  • Low Moor Iron Company of Ca
  • Virginia Pulp and Paper
  • West Virginia Pulp & Paper Company
  • Westvaco Plant


  • City of Danville Va Electric Light Department
  • Collins Granite Company
  • Dan River Inc.
  • Dan River Power and Manufacturing Company
  • Danville Laundry Company
  • Danville Railway and Electric Company
  • Drorell Bros Tobacco Company
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Tobacco Warehousing and Trading Company
  • Virginia Tobacco


  • Atlantic Richfield - Cockpit Point
  • Possum Point Power Station
  • Virginia Electric Power Company

Dutch Gap

  • Chesterfield Power Sta Nbr 5
  • Dutch Gap
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company


  • Ashleigh Condominiums
  • C & P Telephone
  • Fairfax County Hospital
  • Fairfax Hospital
  • Melpar Office Building
  • Springfield Mall

Front Royal

  • American Viscose Corporation
  • Fmc Corporation
  • General Chemical Company


  • Burlington Mills
  • Carnation Company
  • Hanes Corporation
  • Ray Alderman's residence
  • Vaughan Bassett Furniture Company

Glen Lyn

  • American Electric Power Company
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Glen Lyn Plant


  • Bureau Yards and Docks
  • Dixie Hospital
  • Hampton Normal and Agaricultural Institute
  • Hampton Roads Railway and Electric Company
  • Langley Field
  • Nasa Langley Station
  • National Home For D.V.S.
  • Newport News and Hampton Railway Gas and Electric Company
  • Newport News and Old Point Railway and Electric Company
  • Peninsular Pure Water Company
  • Southern Branch
  • United States Aviation Gas Plant Langley Field
  • Veterans Admin Facility
  • Veterans' Administration Home
  • Virginia Elec and Power Company
  • Virginia Medical Center
  • Virginia Public Service Company
  • West Heating Plant


  • Madison College


  • Davis Iron and Metals
  • Department of Corrections, D.C.
  • District of Columbia Government
  • Fairfax City Water Authority
  • Lorton Detention Center


  • Bassett Walker Company
  • Dupont Chemical
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
  • Fibreboard Container Company
  • Martinsville General Hospital
  • Walker Knitting Company


  • Appalachian Electric Power Company
  • Celanese Acetate
  • Celanese Corp of America
  • Celanese Fibers Company
  • Foster Wheeler Company


  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard


  • Hercules Power Company, Inc.
  • Radford Ammunition Army Arsenal
  • Radford Army Amt Plant


  • British American Tobacco Company Ltd
  • Brown & Williamson Tobacco
  • Federal Correctional Institute
  • Federal Reformatory
  • Hexagon Lee Laboratories
  • Petersburg Central Hospital
  • River Street Siding
  • Virginia State College


  • American Pigment
  • General Chemical Company
  • Pulaski Iron Company
  • Pulaski Mining Company
  • Radio Corp of America


  • Emergency Fleet Corporation
  • Marine Corps Base Quantico
  • Potemac Shipbuilding Company
  • Trimont Dredging Company
  • U.S. Marines Corps.
  • United States Marine Barracks


  • Army Ammo Plant
  • Hercules Powder Company
  • Hydro-Blast Corporation
  • Knoxvill Iron Company
  • Lynchburg Foundry Company
  • Norfolk and Western Railway Company
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad
  • Radford Army Ammunitions Plant
  • Radford Ordnance Works
  • Roanoke Western Railroad
  • Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company


  • Hydrozine Facilities
  • Mathieson Alkali Works Inc
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation


  • Bodley Wagon Company
  • J.L. Baugher
  • Western State Hospital
  • Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company


  • Planters Div of Standard Brands, Inc.
  • Planters Nuts and Chocolate
  • Portsmouth, Berkley and Suffolk Water Company
  • Smithfield Packing Company


  • Keene Corp - Hogge Island
  • Stone & Webster
  • Surry Nuclear Power Station
  • Surry Power Station
  • Vepco, Surry Power Station
  • Virginia Electric and Power
  • Westinghouse Electric

Virginia Beach

  • Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek


  • Crompton Shenandoah Company
  • Crompton Textile Plant
  • Dupont Rayon Company
  • E.I.Dupont Denemours & Company
  • General Electric Control Plant
  • Invista, S.A.R.L.
  • Waynesboro Plant

West Point

  • Albemarle-Chesapeake Company Inc.
  • Chesapeake Albemarle Corporation
  • Mcwilliams and Company
  • Saint Laurent Paper
  • Smurfit Stone Container
  • The Chesapeake Corporation of Virginia


  • Afeta Camp Peary
  • Anheuser Busch Brewery
  • College of William and Mary
  • Monticello Shopping Center
  • N. I. C. A. - Colonial Williamsburg
  • William and Mary College
  • Williamsburg Conference Center
  • Williamsburg Lodge
  • Williamsburg Restoration


  • B & C Baking Corporation
  • Brown & Cocharn Baking Company
  • Glaize Brothers
  • Osullivan Corporation
  • San Juan Sugar Corpor
  • Wnchester Washngton City Railway Company


  • American Oil Company
  • Amoco Oil Refinery
  • BP Amoco Virginia
  • Brown & Root Inc.
  • Naval Fuel Oil Depot
  • Naval Mine Warfare Training Depot
  • Navy Fuel Oil Depot
  • Old Dominion Chemical Company
  • Pan America Refinery
  • United States Coast Guard Station
  • Us Navy Fuel Oil Depot
  • Vepco, Yorktown Power Station
  • Virginia Electric & Power Company
  • Virginia Electric, Yorktown Power Plant
  • Western Refining Yorktown Inc.
  • Yorktown Refinery

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Virginia

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

1300 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Lake Wright Cancer Care Center of Virginia
5900 Lake Wright Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

401 College Street
Richmond, VA 23298

Mesothelioma Doctors in Virginia

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

Dr. James M. Isbell
University of Virginia Cancer Center
University of Virginia Cancer Center
Cardiac Surgery Clinic
University Hospital, 2nd floor
1215 Lee Street

Charlottesville, VA 22908

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Virginia

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

West Virginia University Receiving $730,000 for Cancer Moonshot Program

West Virginia University will receive $730,000 as part of Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Learn more at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Staunton Courthouse Reopens Post Asbestos Removal

The Staunton Courthouse has reopened, but asbestos abatement on the third floor still needs to be completed.

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.

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Virginia.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2006).

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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