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The Most Deadly Asbestos Exposure Sites In Minnesota

Most people learn they were exposed to asbestos after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Aggressive and fast-moving, mesothelioma is a form of cancer that often appears years after the initial exposure. This makes identifying the source of exposure much more difficult. Over the years, however, a growing body of evidence has been building, providing valuable information for victims of asbestos exposure in Minnesota.

Should you be on the lookout? Learn about the most deadly asbestos exposure sites in Minnesota:

NSP -- Northern States Power had multiple power plants containing asbestos throughout Minnesota including, Bayport, Becker, Black Dog, Burnsville, Monticello, St. Cloud and Stillwater. The most notoriously hazardous plants were located at Riverside, Blackdog and Monticello and Bayport.

Conwed -- Conwed was a ceiling tile manufacturer located in Cloquet, Minnesota. The company made tiles from 1959 to 1974 with asbestos-containing fibers supplied by Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics. More than 7,000 workers were believed to have been exposed.

Honeywell -- Honeywell used asbestos to manufacture automobile parts and other products at its plant in Minneapolis and around the Minnesota.

W.R. Grace/Western Mineral Plant -- The Western Mineral plant in northeast Minneapolis began processing vermiculite from Libby, Montana in the late 1930s. Purchased by W.R.Grace in 1963, the site manufactured insulation for more than 50 years until the late 1980s. The vermiculite from the Libby mine contained very high levels of asbestos. Plant workers and insulators were not the only ones who were exposed to asbestos. Neighbors and other members of the community who gathered the plant's waste stoner rock were also exposed.

These sites were among the most deadly sites because of the number of people affected, but they are not exclusive. Because of its heat-resistant properties, asbestos was commonly found in insulation, auto parts, aircraft brakes, ceiling tiles, medical supplies and other materials. It has been found in shipyards and schools.

Because of the fast-moving nature of cancers associated with asbestos exposure, a special court has been created to expedite asbestos claims. Anyone concerned that they contracted mesothelioma or some other form of lung cancer as a result of breathing in asbestos fibers should speak with an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. An attorney who possesses evidence of asbestos exposure sites can be a powerful advocate when trying to recover compensation.

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