Nevada falls under Region 9 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is one agency which regulates the use, management, removal and disposal of asbestos, which was commonly used in thousands of construction and industrial products. Due to it's proximity to California, many California based suppliers of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) did business in Nevada and performed work at Nevada job sites.
For example, Northern California Insulation, which later merged into Metalclad Insulation Corporation, supplied and installed asbestos containing insulation in casinos in the Reno, Nevada area.
Ecklund Insulation, a Nevada Corporation, also supplied and installed asbestos containing insulation in casinos in the Reno area and in northern California. The bulk of asbestos insulation used by Ecklund was supplied by C.M.S. (Construction Materials Supplier), a Fresno based supplier of asbestos insulation. CMS also sold Kaylo pipe insulation.
Thorpe Insulation Company, based in Los Angeles, supplied and installed asbestos containing insulation in casinos and other job sites in the Las Vegas, Nevada area as well.
Although new uses of asbestos are banned, there are still many buildings and work sites constructed before the 1980's that still pose a threat due to the presence of ACMs. Asbestos, when intact and in good condition, does not create a safety hazard. However, when ACMs are damaged, repaired, or destroyed, asbestos fibers can be disturbed and become airborne and then easily inhaled or ingested. Due to a long latency period between time of exposure and development of symptoms, it can take decades before serious illnesses such as mesothelioma and lung cancer appear.
If you live in Nevada, work or have worked around asbestos, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the lawyers at Clapper, Patti, Schweizer and Mason today. After a free consultation and initial interview, one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers will travel to you to begin compiling information about your case.