Iowa Asbestos Sites

Iowa is a Midwest state that has had industries grow around its primary economic driver, which is agriculture. The primary job sites where asbestos exposure has occurred for workers are probably the power plants, built to bring electricity to an agrarian population. Some were built by a state authority, a few by municipalities and some by electrical cooperatives which developed in agrarian regions of the Midwest in the absence of government utilities.

Industries that were involved in meat packing and packaging prepared foods developed to process the products of Iowa farmers. Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Clinton all have food processing plants. Other factories produced livestock feed and chemicals that are used as fertilizer. Many of them used asbestos in their production lines.

Uses of Asbestos in Iowa

The list of job sites below consists of locations where hazardous asbestos exposure may have impacted employees. Two facts are applicable to all of them: they were built more than thirty years ago and probably use heat in their factory processing.  Heat is a key to the presence of asbestos because in its natural form asbestos is an excellent form of insulation. In factories it was used to coat pipes and boilers in order to control heat in the area.

Asbestos Health Risks

When asbestos begins to disintegrate or is disturbed in some fashion it will give off tiny asbestos fibers that float in the air. When those fibers are inhaled they can cause serious health problems. The two most serious are asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs that inhibits breathing and gets progressively worse; and mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that impacts the lining around the lungs, the heart and the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma can take twenty years or more to develop after the asbestos is inhaled, which is why people are still impacted by the disease twenty years after asbestos use was effectively banned in this country.

AMES MUNICIPAL UTILITIESAMESIA
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION - ANIMAL LABAMESIA
IOWA STATE COLLEGE AMESIA
POWER PLANT AMESIA
ATLANTIC MUNICIPAL UTILTITESATLANTICIA
A T & T COBOONEIA
IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWERBOONEIA
INTERSTATE POWER AND LIGHT COMPANYBURLINGTONIA
IOWA ORDNANCE PLANTBURLINGTONIA
IOWA SOUTHERN POWER STATIONBURLINGTONIA
SILAS MASON COBURLINGTONIA
IOWA LIGHT & POWERCARROLLIA
CEDAR FALLS UTILITIESCEDAR FALLSIA
MUNICIPAL LIGHT & POWER COCEDAR FALLSIA
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWACEDAR FALLSIA
COLLINS RADIOCEDAR RAPIDSIA
IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWER CO.CEDAR RAPIDSIA
PENICK & FORD, LTD.CEDAR RAPIDSIA
PETER PAN BAKERS INCCEDAR RAPIDSIA
PUTNAM ASBESTOS COMPANYCEDAR RAPIDSIA
QUAKER OATSCEDAR RAPIDSIA
ROCKWELL COLLINSCEDAR RAPIDSIA
TAYLOR INSULATION CO.CEDAR RAPIDSIA
WILSON & CO., INC.CEDAR RAPIDSIA
WILSONS FOODSCEDAR RAPIDSIA
ALLERTON GAS COCENTERVILLEIA
DR. SALSBURY'S LABORATORYCHARLES CITYIA
OLIVER CORPCHARLES CITYIA
SALSBURYS LABORATORYCHARLES CITYIA
MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTECHEROKEEIA
BEAVER CHANNEL STATION UNIT 2CLINTONIA
CHEMPLEX CORPORATIONCLINTONIA
CLINTON CORN PROCESSING CO.CLINTONIA
E. I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.CLINTONIA
FLUOR CORP.CLINTONIA
HAWKEYE CHEMICAL COCLINTONIA
INTERSTATE POWER AND LIGHT COMPANYCLINTONIA
U.S.I.CLINTONIA
MUNICIPALPOWER PLANTCOGGONIA
IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWER CO.COUNCIL BLUFFSIA
IOWA POWER & LIGHTCOUNCIL BLUFFSIA
IOWA POWER & LIGHT COCOUNCIL BLUFFSIA
POWER PLANTCOUNCIL BLUFFSIA
IOWA POWER & LIGHT COCRANDICIA
ALCOA COMPANYDAVENPORTIA
ECONOMY ROOFING & INS. CO.DAVENPORTIA
GALESBURG SR. HIGH SCHOOLDAVENPORTIA
OSCAR MAYER & CO.DAVENPORTIA
AMERICAN REPUBLIC INS CO BLDGDES MOINESIA
GLOBE MACHINERY & SUPPLY COMPANYDES MOINESIA
HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATIONDES MOINESIA
IOWA ASBESTOS CO.DES MOINESIA
IRWIN CHEMICAL CO.DES MOINESIA
L & L INSULATION COMPANYDES MOINESIA
MEREDITH PUBLISHING PLANTDES MOINESIA
R. M. DALY & CO.DES MOINESIA
SWIFT & CO.DES MOINESIA
SWIFT & COMPANY SOYBEAN MILLDES MOINESIA
ALLIED CHEMICALDUBUQUEIA
CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLDUBUQUEIA
INTERSTATE PIPE & SUPPLY CO.DUBUQUEIA
JOHN DEERE DUBUQUEIA
POWERHOUSEDUBUQUEIA
SINCLAIR REFINING CO.DUBUQUEIA
NATURAL GAS PIPE LINE CO. OF AMERICAEMERSONIA
WIGDAHL BROTHERS HARDWAREEMMETSBURGIA
B. C. BUNN - MUNICIPAL LIGHT PLANTFOREST CITYIA
MUNICIPAL LIGHT PLANTFOREST CITYIA
APCO OIL CORPORATIONFORT DODGEIA
CELOTEX CORP.FORT DODGEIA
CO-OP CHEMICAL PLANTFORT DODGEIA
FORT DODGE DIVISIONFORT DODGEIA
LEHY BRIDGE & TILEFORT DODGEIA
M. W. KELLOGG CO.FORT DODGEIA
CHEVRON CHEMICAL COFORT MADISONIA
PHILLIPS CHEMICALFORT MADISONIA
US ARMY ARDINATION PLANTFORT MADISONIA
GLENWOOD STATE SCHOOLGLENWOODIA
ROTH PACKING CO.GLENWOODIA
FRANKLIN COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITALHAMPTONIA
GAS PIPE LINE CO. OF AMERICAHARPERIA
NATURAL GAS PIPE LINE CO. OF AMERICAHARPERIA
B. C. BUNN - MUNICIPAL POWER PLANTHARTLEYIA
MUNICIPAL POWER PLANTHARTLEYIA
CORN BELT POWER CO-OPERATIVEHUMBOLDTIA
CITY LIGHT PLANTINDIANOLAIA
CRANDIC RAILROAD WHSE.IOWA CITYIA
MEDICAL RESEARCH HOSPITALIOWA CITYIA
PROCTOR & GAMBLE PLANTIOWA CITYIA
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA IOWA CITYIA
RIVERSIDE POWER STATIONIOWANAIA
INTERSTATE POWER AND LIGHT COMPANYKEMPERIA
IOWA SOUTHERN UTILITIES CO - BURLINGTON STATIONKEMPERIA
HUBINGER CO.KEOKUKIA
ALLIANT POWER STACKLANSINGIA
W. A. KLINGER CO., INC.LEHIGHIA
FISHER CONTROLS COMPANYMARSHALLTOWNIA
IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWERMARSHALLTOWNIA
IOWA VETERANS HOMEMARSHALLTOWNIA
JACOB E. DECKER & SONSMASON CITYIA
SWIFT & CO.MASON CITYIA
CATERPILLAR TRACTOR CO.MOUNT JOYIA
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BLDG.MOUNT PLEASANTIA
MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTEMOUNT PLEASANTIA
MONSANTO CHEMICAL CO.MUSCATINEIA
MUSCATINE POWER & WATERMUSCATINEIA
MAYTAG MFG CONEWTONIA
WINGERNEWTONIA
STATE SANITORIUMOAKDALEIA
NATURAL GAS PIPELINE CO. OF AMERICAOSCEOLAIA
IOWA POWER & LIGHTOTTUMWAIA
JOHN MORRELL & CO.OTTUMWAIA
ALLIANT ENERGYPALOIA
MUNICIPAL POWER PLANTPELLAIA
CONSUMERS COOP - CHEMICAL PLANTPORT DODGEIA
IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWERPOWERVILLEIA
NATIONAL CARBON COMPANYRED OAKIA
ADEL CLAY PROD COREDFIELDIA
ALCOA PLANT RIVERDALEIA
DAVENPORT WORKSRIVERDALEIA
IOWA PUBLIC SERVICE CO - GEORGE NEAL STATIONSALIXIA
SAGE FACILITIESSERGEANT BLUFFIA
IOWA PUBLIC SERVICE CO - PORT NEAL GEN STATIONSERGEANT BLUFFSIA
A. H. BENNETT CO.SIOUX CITYIA
SIOUX CITY COAL & GASSIOUX CITYIA
SWIFT & CO.SIOUX CITYIA
TERRA CHEMICAL INCORPORATEDSIOUX CITYIA
CORN BELT POWER COOPERATIVESPENCERIA
MUNICIPAL POWER PLANTSPENCERIA
BERKLEY & COMPANYSPIRIT LAKEIA
IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWERSPIRIT LAKEIA
STORM LAKE POWER PLANTSTORM LAKEIA
TIPTON POWER PLANTTIPTONIA
NATURAL GAS PIPE LINE CO. OF AMERICATRUROIA
NORTHERN NATURAL GASVENTURAIA
A. Y. MCDONALD MFG. COMPANYWATERLOOIA
COVENANT MEDICAL CENTERWATERLOOIA
J. A. NEYMEYER CO.WATERLOOIA
ST. FRANCIS HOSPITALWATERLOOIA
CARNATION CO.WAVERLYIA
JOHNS MANVILLEWILTONIA
WOODWARD STATE HOSPITAL & SCHOOLWOODWARDIA

Iowa Mortality Rates from Asbestos Exposure

The impact of asbestosis and mesothelioma over the last twenty years of the twentieth century was measured in a study released in 2004. It shows that Iowa registered 91 deaths from asbestosis during that period, along with somewhere between 457 to 758 deaths from mesothelioma

The federal government has tracked mesothelioma deaths since 1999. Their data shows that between 1999 and the end of 2004 there were 151 deaths due to mesothelioma cancer.  Despite the fact that asbestos is no longer in use as an industrial or commercial product component, the fatalities from exposure to asbestos continue. If you or a family member worked in any one of the locations listed above you should consult with your doctor about the impact of asbestos exposure. If you have health problems as a result of asbestos exposure, consult an experienced Iowa mesothelioma lawyer about your rights to compensation.

Cancer Treatment in Iowa

The National Cancer Institute has designate sixty four cancer treatment facilities as 'cancer control centers' which means they are eligible for federal grants to further cancer treatment development. Forty one of those facilities are designated 'comprehensive cancer care centers' which means that they are involved in both research and treatment. There is none in Iowa but they are in states all around Iowa:

Eppley Cancer Center
University of Nebraska Medical Center
600 South 42nd Street 
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-6805 
Tel: (402) 559-4238 
Fax: (402) 559-4652

Siteman Cancer Center
Washington University School of Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8109 
St. Louis, Missouri 63110 
Tel: (314) 362-8020 
Fax: (314) 454-1898

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern University
303 E. Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel: (312) 908-5250
Fax: (312) 908-1372

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center 
Mayo Clinic Rochester
200 First Street, S.W. 
Rochester, Minnesota 55905 
Tel: (507) 266-4997 
Fax: (507) 284-1544

In-state Iowa options include:

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Iowa
5970Z JPP
Iowa City IA 52242-1002
Tel: 319-353-8620
FAX: 319-353-8988
Email: Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center: University of Iowa Health Care

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