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One example of workers exposed to asbestos in New York involves the former Zonolite Company/W.R. Grace Exfoliating Plant, in Brutus. Contact with asbestos, a known carcinogen, may cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and other cancers related to asbestos.
The facility located on Dunn Road in Brutus, New York, operated from 1963 until 1989. It was known as the "Weedsport facility" because of its close proximity to the Village of Weedsport.
The New York State Department of Health is evaluating the plant because it processed vermiculite mined in Libby, Montana. The vermiculite from Libby contained asbestos. Exposure to the asbestos in Libby vermiculite has been linked with adverse health effects.
The facility exfoliated ("popped" or expanded) vermiculite ore to manufacture insulation, building products, agricultural products, and fireproofing material (under the brand name Monokote). This process released asbestos fibers from the ore into the air, where they could be inhaled.
Workers at the facility were therefore at great risk for developing asbestos illness.
Recent soil sampling by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed some asbestos in soil at the facility.
People who worked at the Zonolite Company/W.R. Grace exfoliation facility were exposed to levels of asbestos exceeding the current workplace standard.
People who worked at landfills that received Zonolite Company/W.R. Grace exfoliation waste may have been exposed to asbestos.
Future disturbances of soil or renovations at the site could cause further asbestos exposures.
Former W.R. Grace workers and people who lived with them should consult with a physician who has expertise in asbestos-related lung disease.
If this has been your experience, our asbestos lawyers may be able to help you receive compensation for your health problems.
For over two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has handled some of the most legally complicated and groundbreaking asbestos litigation in the country, winning many millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements along the way for those in New York.
Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure or secondary
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