Georgia Asbestos Sites

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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