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Georgia Asbestos Sites

Georgia Asbestos Sites
Georgia Asbestos Sites

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Georgia is one of the states with substantial locations where asbestos occurs naturally. The areas of the state where the southern end of the Appalachians runs through have a number of asbestos deposits. There are other areas of the state as well: Georgia has seventeen former asbestos mines according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Most of those have been closed for a long time; more relevant to the issue of hazardous asbestos exposure in Georgia is the number and type of industries that have taken root in the state.

Atlanta has always been a commercial center in the South. It was established as a railhead, a natural place to connect the state’s export producers (like cotton plantation owners) with the coastal ports. Today, Atlanta is the fastest growing major metropolis in the country. While the city maintains its prominence as a financial center, it’s important to look at the industrial sites around the state that may have caused employees to be exposed to asbestos fibers.

Those asbestos fibers can cause scarring of the lung tissue leading to the sometimes fatal affliction of asbestosis. They are also responsible for malignant mesothelioma, a lethal cancer that usually attacks the pleural, or lung area; or the abdominal cavity (peritoneal mesothelioma). It takes up to twenty years or more after the asbestos exposure for mesothelioma symptoms develop.
Georgia Asbestos Jobsites

Below is a list of Georgia jobsites that are likely candidates for hazardous asbestos exposure for employees of years past. There are paper mills, textile plants and military installations. Also likely candidates are the steam powered electric generation plants; up until about 1985 wherever an industrial process required heat there was going to be asbestos covered pipes and tanks; asbestos gaskets and even asbestos protective gear for employees.

Georgia Power Albany, GA
Firestone Tire Albany, GA
Coats & Clark Textile Mill Albany, GA
Miller Brewery Albany, GA
Chevrolet Plant Atlanta, GA
Ford Motor Plant Atlanta, GA
Fulton Cotton Mill Atlanta, GA
Georgia Power Atlanta, GA
HB Fuller Co. Atlanta, GA
J.P. Stevens Textiles Atlanta, GA
Mead Packaging Atlanta, GA
Owens Corning Atlanta, GA
Southern Cement Atlanta, GA
Sonoco Paper Co. Atlanta, GA
Southern Railway Atlanta, GA
Western Electric Atlanta, GA
W.R. Grace (Zonolite) Plant Atlanta, GA
Babcock & Wilcox Augusta, GA
Continental Can Augusta, GA
Federal Paper Mill Augusta, GA
Columbia Fertilizer Plant Augusta, GA
Proctor & Gamble Augusta, GA
Hatch Nuclear Plant Baxley, GA
Brunswick Pulp & Paper Mill Brunswick, GA
Brunswick Powder Brunswick, GA
J.A. Jones Shipyard Brunswick, GA
Georgia Power Brunswick, GA
Goodyear Calhoun, GA
Georgia Power Cartersville, GA
Georgia Pacific Cedar Springs, GA
Southeastern Pulp edar Springs, GA
Eastman Kodak Chamblee, GA
Foote & Davies Co. Chamblee, GA
Swift Manufacturing Columbus, GA
Georgia Power Coosa, GA
Hercules Sealcoat Covington, GA
3M Plant Decatur, GA
Chemstrand Decatur, GA
Foote & Davies Co. Doraville, GA
General Motors Doraville, GA
St. Regis Paper Mill Doraville, GA
Western Electric Doraville, GA
Young Refinery Douglasville, GA
J.P. Stevens Textiles Dublin, Ga
Southeastern Paper Mill Dublin, GA
International Paper East Point, GA
Southern Natural Gas Elba Island
Georgia Power Euharlee, GA
Knox Glass Forest Park, GA
Owens Illinois Forest Park, GA
Fort Benning Army Base Fort Benning, GA
Cargill Inc. Gainesville, GA
American Mills Griffin, GA
Packaging Corp. Griffin, GA
Owens Illinois Hapeville
Georgia Power Hiededville, GA
American Mills Jackson, GA
Rayonier Paper Mill Jessup, GA
Callaway Mills La Grange, GA
Georgia Power Macon, GA
Graphic Packaging Corp. Macon, GA
Georgia Power Marietta, GA
Lockheed Martin Marietta, GA
Georgia Power Milledgeville, GA
J.P. Stevens Textiles Milledgeville, GA
Georgia Power Newnan, GA
General Tire Newnan, GA
AT&T Plant Norcross, GA
Hercules Fiber Plant Oxford, GA
Savannah Sugar Plant Port Wentworth, GA
Interstate Paper Mill Riceboro, GA
Georgia Power Rincon, GA
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Rockmart, GA
Celanese Rome, GA
General Electric Rome, GA
Georgia Kraft Rome, GA
Georgia Power Rome, GA
Western Electric Sandy Springs, GA
American Cyamid Savannah, GA
Continental Can Savannah, GA
Savannah Machine & Foundry Savannah, GA
Savannah Shipyard Savannah, GA
Southern Railroad Warehouse Savannah, GA
Union Bag Paper Mill Savannah, GA
Georgia Power Smyrna, GA
Gilman Paper Co. St. Marys, GA
Georgia Power Stilesboro, GA
Georgia Power Tate, GA
J.P. Stevens Textiles Thomaston, GA
American Woolen Mills Tipton, GA
J.P. Stevens Textiles Tipton, GA
BASF Wyandotte Tucker, GA
Owens Illinois Valdosta, GA
Valdosta Tannery Valdosta, GA
Warner Robbins Air Force Base Warner Robins, GA
Georgia Power Waynesboro
Johns Manville Corp. Winder, GA
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Related Deaths in Georgia

An analysis of American death statistics released in 2004 looked at the issue of asbestos as a fatal toxin. The researchers used death statistics along with demographic analysis and a look at industrial links to possible asbestos-related deaths. For the state of Georgia the study concluded that about 240 asbestosis deaths occurred between 1979 and 2001. There were mesothelioma deaths in the range of 319 to 527. It was not until 1999 that the federal government began tracking mesothelioma deaths specifically. The number of those fatalities reported for the period of 1999 through 2004 is 219. It’s clear that the confirmed deaths over the five year period is a likely increase over the two decades preceding.
Mesothelioma Treatment in Georgia

The National Cancer Institute has designated forty one prominent cancer treatment and research centers to work with the NCI on applied research funded by the federal government. These institutions are likely to be involved in clinical research on potential new cancer treatments – in fact many of them already are. The nearest of these cancer centers to Georgia are:

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
691 Preston Research Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37232
Tel: (615) 936-1782
Fax: (615) 936-1790

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38105-3678
Tel: (901) 595-3982
Fax: (901) 595-3966

Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1082
Tel: (336) 716-7971
Fax: (336) 716-0293

UNC Lineberger Cancer Comprehensive Center
University of North Carolina
102 Mason Farm Rd.,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
Tel: (919) 966-3036
Fax: (919) 966-3015

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Tel: (919) 684-5613
Fax: (919) 684-5653

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