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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
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 lived with former workers were likely also exposed second-hand to
asbestos fibers carried home on
workers' hair, skin, and clothing.
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
Former W.R. Grace workers and people who lived with them should consult with
a physician who has expertise in asbestos-related lung disease.
Thousands of people in New York have come forward to say their work
environment led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer from asbestos.
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
exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for
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