Asbestos exposure is most common in the following Illinois industries:
Citgo Petroleum Illinois, Mobil Oil Illinois, and other oil companies in Illinois used asbestos in refining processes because of the mineral’s heat-resistant qualities.
Nabisco Brands Inc in Marseilles and Kraft Foods, Inc. in Champaign are known to have had asbestos in their manufacturing plants.
The mineral was popular in plants statewide because of its ability to resist extreme heat and many chemical reactions.
Illinois steel mills, like Granite City Steel and Keystone Steel and Wire, often used asbestos insulation to protect mill equipment and employees from potential fires and extreme temperatures.
The insulation kept machines safe while putting mill workers at risk.
Power plants nationwide, including Baldwin Power Plant and Clinton Power Station in Illinois, used asbestos in power plant machinery.
These put workers in danger of asbestos exposure.
Illinois is home to numerous U.S Army bases and arsenals.
Many veterans have been affected by mesothelioma because of the military’s widespread use of asbestos.