According to the Environmental Working Group, at least 168 people died from exposure to asbestos in New Mexico from 1979 to 2001. Bernalillo County, home to Albuquerque, suffered the highest number of deaths at 57. Santa Fe County suffered the next highest number of deaths at 19.
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Industries in New Mexico where workers may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos include oil refinieries, power plants and manufacturing. Before the dangers of asbestos were widely known, it was widely used in oil refineries due to its high fire resistance and flame retardant qualities. Asbestos insulated oil refinery equipment that needed to operate at very hot temperatures. Furnaces, tanks, boilers, ovens, heat exchangers and pumps were often lined and covered with asbestos-containing materials. Workers who repaired and maintained this equipment were especially prone to asbestos fiber inhalation. Oil refinery workers sometimes wore protective gear, including gloves and facemasks made from asbestos fibers, to protect them from heat-creating elements. This clothing may have put them into direct contact with dangerous asbestos fibers. When asbestos is inhaled or ingested, its thin fibers can cause asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.
New Mexico is home to several power plants and power stations. Because of the intense heat buildup during the power generation process, asbestos was commonly used prior to 1980 as an insulator and fire retardant. Asbestos protected power plant equipment regularly exposed to extremely high temperatures, such as boilers, generators and turbines. Asbestos was also used to fireproof roof structures and floors. When floors and ceilings were repaired, asbestos dust was distributed throughout the powerhouse, putting everyone at risk of asbestos inhalation. Workers sometimes wore clothing made from asbestos fibers to protect them from high levels of heat.
From 1940 – 1990, asbestos-contaminated vermiculite was mined in Libby, Montana and shipped to processing plants throughout the United States. According to the Environmental Working Group, almost 60 tons of that vermiculite was shipped to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Santo Domingo Pueblo. The vermiculite that originated at the Libby Mine had many uses, including attic insulation, an ingredient in fireproofing products, an ingredient in masonry fill, and as an additive in potting soils and fertilizers.
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