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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Washington


Washington State's Cascade, Okanogan and Rocky Mountain ranges have an abundance of serpentine rock, which is the source of 95% of all commercial asbestos. In addition to five "past producers" in the northern part of the state, several serpentine deposits are located in the center of the state in the vicinity of Ellensburg and Wenatchee.

Washington's Maritime Heritage and Asbestos

Research at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland showed significantly elevated levels of asbestos disease among 4700 workers who had been employed at a Coast Guard shipbuilding and repair facility. Determining factors in the development of mesothelioma and asbestosis included the duration and the concentration of fiber exposure; those who had worked in the closed environment below decks over a long period of time were more likely to contract an asbestos disease. .

Todd Pacific and the Bremerton Naval Shipyard were two of the largest shipbuilding operations in the Puget Sound area; Kaiser, primary builder of the famous “Liberty Ships” of World War II operated facilities near Vancouver along the Columbia River,

Asbestos in the Timber Industry

For decades, the timber industry has been at the heart of Washington State's economy; this includes the paper industry and its derivative industries. Asbestos-containing materials are still to be found in the state's many paper and pulp mills, where they were used in the machinery and materials used in the paper-making process itself, such as drying felts and the adhesives used to affix them. Workers who have been negligently exposed should seek legal counsel from a mesothelioma lawyer.

Other Industries with Asbestos Risk in Washington

Power Plants

Washington State is home to both hydroelectric and nuclear power plants. In either case, these facilities are among the most dangerous places to work when it comes to asbestos exposure. This was borne out by a Puerto Rican study published in 2007, in which 13% of chest x-rays taken of power plant workers showed abnormalities indicative of the early stages of asbestos disease.


Washington State is the first U.S. port of call for tankers from Alaska, and home to numerous oil refineries. As petroleum is a hazardous substance at all stages of production, asbestos materials were used almost everywhere from fire doors to the asbestos-lined overcoats, hoods and gloves.

The Aluminum Industry

Several asbestos lawsuits have been filed in Washington by former employees of the state's several aluminum plants. Aluminum production has been an important industry since World War Two, and the manufacturing process requires high levels of heat. Therefore, asbestos insulation was used throughout these facilities. Such insulating materials had a tendency to deteriorate and crumble over the years, however, releasing millions of fibers into the environment.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Washington

Between 1980 and 2000, the population of Washington State increased by nearly 50%, and stood at 5.9 million at the end of the last century. Most of the population resides in the Puget Sound area. During the previous twenty years, 1,776 victims died from asbestos poisoning. Over half of these were due to asbestosis throughout the state.

Asbestos Exposure in Washington Cities

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Washington where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Washington, 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 Washington 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, or asbestosis.


  • Anderson Middleton Lumber Company
  • Broadway Manor
  • Dabney Mack
  • Grays Harbor Railway and Light Company
  • Gray's Harbor Vocational & Science Building
  • Harbor Plywood Corporation
  • Pacific Heating Company
  • Sierra Pacific Ind
  • St. Peter's Hospital
  • Wilson Brothers and Company


  • Area 11 Elementary School
  • Auburn High School
  • Austin Receiving
  • Boeing Company
  • Evergreen Heights Elementary
  • Northern Pacific Railway Company


  • Bellevue Buisness Center
  • Bellevue Junior High School
  • Mutual Materials Company
  • Saint Peters Methodist


  • Armstrong Cont & Supplies
  • Atlantic Richfield Company
  • Bellingham Girls School
  • Bloedel Donovan Lumber Company
  • Broadway Office Building - 1509 Cornwall
  • Brooks Lumber Company
  • Brower Company
  • Burlington Northern Uptown
  • Columbia Cement
  • E. K. Wood Lumber Company
  • Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
  • International Crossarms
  • Larson Lumber Company
  • Puget Sound Pulp & Paper
  • Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company
  • Puget Sound Traction Light and Power Company
  • Seattle Junior College
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Hospital
  • Talbott Shipyard
  • Tosco Refining
  • Western Washington College of Education
  • Western Washington State College
  • Western Washington University Steam Plant
  • Whatcom City Railway and Light Company
  • Whatcom Falls Milling Company
  • Whatcom Middle School

Birch Bay

  • Atlantic Richfield


  • Bleach Plant & Digestor
  • Crown Columbia Paper Company
  • Crown Willamette Paper Company
  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • James River Paper Mill
  • Kraft Bleach Plant


  • Centralia Power Plant
  • Centralia Steam Plant
  • Eastern Railway and Lumber Company
  • National Bank of Commerce
  • Northern Pacific Railway Company
  • Pacific Power & Light Company
  • Pacificorp
  • Trans Alta Centralia Gen Llc
  • Wacoal Power Plant
  • Weyerhaeuser Hardwoods Company


  • Carnation Milk Products Company
  • Chet's Wire Rope
  • Green Hills School
  • Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company
  • State of Washington.
  • State Training School
  • Washington Oregon Corp

Cherry Point

  • INTALCO Aluminum-Cherry Point


  • Harvey Aluminum


  • Columbia Aluminum


  • Grays Harbor Mill
  • N River Senior High
  • Weyerhauser Paper Company
  • Weyerhauser Timber Company


  • Central Washington College of Education
  • Central Washington State College
  • Central Washington University
  • Ellensburg Junoir High School
  • Food Facilities Warehouse
  • Holmes Dining Hall


  • Arco Refinery
  • Atlantic Richfield Company
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Bp Oil Company
  • Conocophillips Company
  • General Petroleum Refinery
  • Intalco Aluminum Company
  • INTALCO-Ferndale
  • Mobil Chemical
  • Mobil Refinery
  • Socony Mobil Oil Company

Fort Lewis

  • D A Public Works
  • Fort Lewis Laundry
  • Pittsburgh and Midway Coal Mingin Company
  • U S Army Laundry


  • Martin-Marietta Corporation


  • AEC
  • Blaw Knox Company
  • Bumstead-Woolford Company
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
  • Export Water Line
  • Hanford Atmoic Works
  • Hanford Engineering Works
  • Hanford Nuclear Facility
  • Hanford Nuclear Reservation
  • Hanford Reservations
  • Westinhouse Hanford Facility


  • Lakeside Sand & Gravel
  • Maywood Elementary School
  • Maywood High School
  • Maywood Junior High School
  • Sisters of Providence
  • The City Church
  • Washington Interscholastic Building


  • Bon Marche Store
  • Brick Yard
  • Cal-Spray
  • Chevron Chemical
  • Church Grape Juice Company
  • Phillips Pacific Chemical
  • Welch Grape Juice Company


  • Boeing Aircraft
  • Cam Industries
  • Kent Junior High
  • Liquid Air Incorporated
  • Meridian Elementary
  • Springbrook Elementary School

Medical Lake

  • Eastern State Hospital Annex
  • Hospital For Insane
  • Lakeland Village State Hospital
  • State of Washington Custodial School
  • State of Washington Lakeland Village

Moses Lake

  • American Potato Company
  • Boeing
  • Larson Air Force Base
  • Northwest Agri Products
  • Pronto Foods, Inc.
  • Pronto Potato Plant
  • Terminal Ice & Cold Storage
  • U & I, Inc.
  • U&I Sugar
  • Utah-Idaho Sugar Company


  • Atomic Energy Plant
  • Hanford Project Reactor
  • Northern Pacific Railway Company
  • Tidewater Shaver Asphalt Company
  • Tidewater Terminal Company

Port Townsend

  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • Fibre Board Products
  • National Paper Products Company
  • Port Townsend Paper Company

Puget Sound

  • Bureau of Yards and Docks
  • Orchard Point
  • United States Naval Fuel Depot
  • United States Navy Yard


  • College of Washington
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • State College of Washington
  • Warren Little & Lund
  • Wash State University
  • Washington Orton Dining Hall
  • Washington State Agricultural College
  • Washington State College
  • Washington State University


  • Ac & S Inc
  • Boeing Aircraft Company
  • Boeing Renton
  • Defense Plant Corp
  • E. J. Bartells Company
  • Honeydew Elementary Shcool
  • K. J. Barnett Inc
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Pacific Car and Foundry Company
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Steam & Condensate System
  • Tank Insulation


  • Aec Handford Works
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • Atlantic Richfield Company
  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Burns & Roe, Inc.
  • Douglas United Nuclear
  • Federal Building
  • General Electric Company
  • Hanford Atomic Testing Ground
  • Hanford Engineer Works
  • Hanford Test Site
  • Hanford Works Aec
  • Kadlec Hospital
  • Rockwell International
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
  • WA Public Power Supply System Nuclear Project
  • Washington Public Power Supply System


  • Joint Power Operation
  • Point Power-Simpson Paper Company
  • Rainier Pulp & Paper
  • Shelton Mill
  • Simpson Logging Company
  • Simpson Timber Company
  • Washington Correction Center


  • Abitibi
  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Saltars Point Elementary School
  • Stone Consolidated
  • West Tacoma Mill
  • Western Washington Hospital For The Insane


  • Fibreboard Products Company
  • Fleischmann Company
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • Standard Brands


  • Carnation Company
  • Independent Food Processors
  • Jt Mcintire Mint Farm
  • Utah Idaho Sugar Company
  • Yakima City Creamery


  • Alcoa Aluminum-Vancouver
  • Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
  • Ameer
  • Becco Chemical Div
  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Buffalo Electric Chemical
  • California Packing Corp
  • CCC Boring Company
  • City Sewage Treatment
  • Ford Machinery and Chemical Corporation
  • Fort Vancouver Plywood
  • George Vancouver
  • J R Harvey
  • Johnny Ray Boiler Company
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical
  • Kaiser Shipyard - Vancouver
  • Lucky Lager
  • Mackall Paine Veneer Company
  • North Shore Boat Works
  • Pacific Inland Navigation
  • United States Spruce Porduction Corp
  • Vancouver Light and Power Company
  • Vancouver Shipyard
  • Veteran's Affairs Hospital


  • Agricultural Science Building
  • Douglas United Nuclear
  • Icoa
  • Industrial Park Building 5
  • Naval Supply Depot
  • Phillips 66
  • Spokane Ind Park Building 5
  • Spokane Industrial Park
  • U.S. Naval Supply Depot

Walla Walla

  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Continental Can Company
  • Libby, Mcneill and Libby
  • Northwestern Gas and Electric Company
  • State of Wash, Department of Public Institutions
  • Terminal Ice & Cold Storage
  • Washington State Penitentiary
  • Whitman College


  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Cascade Kraft Corporation


  • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Alcoa Aluminum-Wenatchee
  • Bridgeport Land Company
  • Chelan Courthouse
  • Kaweckt Chemical Company
  • Learning Resource Center
  • Puget Sound Engineering
  • Rocky Beach Dam
  • Safeway
  • Shephard Fruit Products Company
  • Sparks Ready Pak Incorporated
  • Wells & Wade Fruit Company
  • Wenatchee Daily World
  • Wenatchee High School
  • Wenatchee Steam Laundry


  • Bronson Residence
  • Chinook Hotel
  • Granger Clay Products
  • John I Haas
  • Pacific Power and Light Company
  • People's Store
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Weber Chevrolet Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Washington

We have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Washington. 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.

1100 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

1221 Madison Street
Arnold Pavilion
Seattle, WA 98104

Mesothelioma Doctors in Washington

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

Dr. Eric Vallieres
Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Cancer Institute-Surgical Practices
1101 Madison Street, Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104

Dr. Howard Jack West
Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
5300 Tallman Ave NW
3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98107

Dr. Michael S. Mulligan
University of Washington Medical Center
UWMC Thoracic Surgery Clinic
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

Dr. Alexander Farivar
Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Thoracic Surgery / First Hill
1101 Madison Street, Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Washington

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Washington, 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 Washington

Washington Asbestos Contractor Charged With Falsifying Disposal Documents

A1 Asbestos LLC is being accused of falsifying disposal documents to an Okanogan County landfill and offering false statements to state department officials.

$3.5 Million Awarded In Second-Hand Asbestos Exposure Case

Barbara Brandes dies of mesothelioma cancer contracted through secondary household asbestos exposure and $3.5 million is awarded to her estate as a result.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


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Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Coast Guard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64 (October 2007): 651-8.

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