Most asbestos exposure in Mississippi was among those hired to work in power plant industries, shipbuilding and oil refineries.

Cities in Mississippi

If you or anyone you know has ever lived and or worked, in any of the following cities, there is a good possibility that you might have unknowingly contaminated and therefore your health detrimentally affected by Mesothelioma or it’s causing agent – Asbestos. Look below and see if your city, or a city of a loved one, is on the list.


Itta Bena

Moss Point

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Power Plants

Power plants are also prone to fire danger; as in the case of oil refineries, asbestos insulation is used on pipe fittings, electrical conduits and machinery as well as within the structures themselves. Three power plants in Mississippi especially bare mention, the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant, Jack Watson Powerhouse and Gulf Power Plant in that they are all known to have had asbestos issues at some point.   This shows up over and over again through the U.S.

Other studies have been done, like the one in 2007, where Puerto Rican doctors, researched, studied and published their findings on chest x-ray examinations of over 2 hundred power plant workers. What they found was that 13 % of those x-rays exhibited signs of asbestos disease.

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Studies done by the National Cancer Institute have established that employees of maritime jobs run a “significantly advanced” risk of asbestos disease than those that don’t.  From before the world wars until the nineteen seventies, it was common for sea faring ships to be made and insulated with asbestos insulation. Two Mississippi facilities, Ingalls Shipbuilding and the Naval Station at Pascagoula were found to have exposed it’s workers to asbestos. Those who worked in the shipbuilding industry should definitely seek out Medical assistance.
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Oil Refineries

Because of the volatility of Petroleum, even in it’s crude form, insulation throughout oil refineries, whether it be piping, the machinery or the facility itself, was done using asbestos. Even the protective clothing worn by oil workers was lined with asbestos. Some of the well known names were refineries operated by Southland ,Chevron, and Ergon.
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Reported Deaths

Of the 612 deaths from asbestos disease during a twenty year span before the turn of the century, over 1/3 were from the largest cities of Mississippi. Asbestosis, had twice as many deaths than mesothelioma. Which is far more common even though it is treatable and Mesothelioma is not. One of the problems with diagnosing mesothelioma is that diagnosis comes too late, the disease seems to get noticed mainly within its last stages.
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Work sites known for Asbestos Exposure

Below is a comprehensive list of companies, operating in Mississippi, that have had known cases of Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Pericardial Mesothelioma, or Testicular Mesothelioma. Workers who were employed at any of these companies may have been subjected to life threatening levels of Asbestos.
Companies in alphabetical order:

• Amerada Hess Corporation
• American Hardware Company
• Aponang Manufacturing Company
• Babcock & Wilcox Company
• Baxter Healthcare Corp
• Baxter Laboratories Inc
• Black Creek Refinery
• Broom Hall
• Bryan Brothers Packing Company
• Bryan Foods
• Buckeye Cotton Oil Company
• Cafeteria Columbia Training School
• Chambers Stove Company
• City of Clarksdale – Municipal Power Plant
• Clarksdale Public Utilities Comm
• Coahoma County Hospital
• Coastal Chemical Corporation
• Day Brite Lighting
• Denman Jr High School
• Emhart Company
• Engineering Office Mississippi State Hwy Dept
• Ewing Hall
• Federal Compress & Warehouse Company
• Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
• Georgia-Pacific Corporation

•• Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant
• Grenada Light and Water Works
• Grenada Oil Company
• Hamilton Manufacturing Company
• Hess Oil & Chemical
• I C Switch
• Jacob & Rouse Cottages Columbia Training School
• Johnston Tombigbee Furnit
• Kaiser Aluminum
• Kimberly Clark Corporation
• Koppers Company Inc Wood Preserving Div
• Kosciusko Cotton Mills
• Mccomb City Cotton Mills
• Memphis Hardware Flooring Company
• Mid-South Insulation Company
• Mississippi Chemical Corporation
• Mississippi Cotton Seed Oil Company
• Mississippi Gulf Refining Company
• Mississippi Power and Light Company
• Monticello Plant
• Morrow Power Plant
• Moss Brothers
• New Orleans Furniture Manufacturing Company
• Newsprint South

• North American Rockwell
• Planters Oil Mill and Gin Company
• Pontiac Eastern
• R.L. Caylor Hall
• Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Company
• Southbridge Plastic Products, Inc.
• Southern Naval Stores
• Southern Pipe & Supply Company
• Southland Oil
• St. Regis Paper Company
• Sun Oil Company Plant
• T.S. Wambles Machine Shop
• Tennessee Valley Authority
• Tupelo Concrete Products, Inc.
• Tupelo Cotton Mills
• Tupelo District Office Mississippi State Hwy Dept
• U.S. Plywood Corp
• Unbleached Kraft and Linerboard Mill
• University of Mississippi
• West Point Plant
• West Point Works
• Wood Preserving Corp
• Worlitzer Piano Company
• Wullitzer manufacturing Company

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Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

If you have worked at or are currently employed at any of these companies and suspect, you maybe have been subjected to unsafe amounts of asbestos we are here to help! We have compiled a list of what treatment centers in your area as well as what we believe to be the Top Mesothelioma Cancer Centers across the country.

UMC Mississippi Cancer Registry
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

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Show Sources


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  2. Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Mississippi.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)
  3. Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Coast Guard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64 (October 2007): 651-8.
Last Modified: Apr 14, 2017 @ 12:05 am
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