Power Plant Workers’ Mesothelioma Risk

Power plants, which create, store and distribute power, often employ approximately 400 to 700 workers. Over the years, these workers, from maintenance to management, may have been exposed to asbestos. Power plants contain massive heat-generating and steam-powered machinery — especially boilers and turbines that were often laced with asbestos-containing insulation, refractory and other components. Exposure to asbestos can lead to the diagnosis of devastating diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

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Asbestos Exposure in Power Plants

Exposure to asbestos was especially common among power plant workers who installed and maintained asbestos-containing pipes, electrical equipment, pumps and other high-temperature equipment. Once the asbestos in equipment was disturbed, airborne asbestos fibers became toxic hazards. Tight conditions and poor ventilation allowed airborne asbestos to circulate throughout the facility for extended periods of time — exposing personnel who did not even handle the asbestos materials directly.

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Power Plant Roles at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

There are hundreds of power plants in America. Asbestos was installed in every part of power plant operations from the 1920s until the mid-1980s. Practically every worker employed at a power plant during those years experienced asbestos exposure to some degree.

Some of the power plant occupations that were put at particular risk of asbestos exposure include:

  • Boiler Inspectors
  • Boiler Operators
  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Foremen
  • Forklift Operators
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Helpers
  • Hod Carriers
  • Inspectors
  • Instrument Fitters
  • Instrument Technicians
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Laggers
  • Machinists
  • Maintenance Electricians
  • Maintenance Mechanics
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Masons
  • Millwrights
  • Oilers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Pipe Coverers
  • Plumbers
  • Powerhouse Employees
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Stationary Engineers
  • Steamfitters
  • Storeroom Clerks
  • Superintendents
  • Supervisors
  • Technicians
  • Utility men
  • Welders
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Simmons Hanly Conroy Helps Power Plant Workers & Their Families

If you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing mesothelioma symptoms as a result of asbestos exposure at a power plant, Contact Us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced asbestos attorneys.

The asbestos attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy have helped many power plant workers diagnosed with mesothelioma fight against corporations who knowingly exposed them to asbestos. Our clients have worked in power plants across the country, including those below.


  • Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station – Hollywood, AL
  • Colbert Steam Plant/Tennessee Valley Authority – Tuscumbia, AL


  • Coronado Generating Station/Salt River Project – St. Johns, AZ
  • Lake Catherine Power Plant/Energy – Jones Mill, AR
  • Salt River Project Agua Fria Power Plant – Glendale, AZ


  • Arkansas Nuclear One/Energy Arkansas – Russellville, AR


  • City of Glendale Power Plant – Glendale, CA
  • Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant – Avila Beach, CA
  • Hunters Point Power Plant/Pacific Gas and Electric Company – San Francisco, CA
  • Vallecitos Nuclear Center/ GE/ GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy /Pacific Gas and Electric – Pleasanton, CA


  • Comanche Power Station/Xcel Energy – Pueblo, CO
  • Craig Station Power Plant/Tri-State Generation and Transmission – Craig, CO
  • Pawnee Generating Station/Xcel Energy – Brush, CO
  • Valmont Power Plant/Xcel Energy/Valmont Generating Station/ Zuni Power Plant – Boulder, CO


  • Millstone Nuclear Power Plant – Millstone, CT


  • Big Bend Power Station – Apollo Beach, FL
  • Florida Power & Light (FPL)/NextEra Energy – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Middleton Power Plant /NTE Energy LLC – St. Augustine, FL
  • Johns Power Plant/JEA Northside Generating Station – Jacksonville, FL
  • Lucie Nuclear Power Plant – Hutchinson Island, FL


  • Plant Bowen/Georgia Power – Euharlee, GA


  • Abbott Power Plant – Champaign, IL
  • Baldwin Power Plant/Illinois Power Company/Dynegy – Baldwin, IL
  • Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station/Commonwealth Edison/Exelon Corporation – Braidwood, IL
  • Byron Nuclear Generating Station/Commonwealth Edison/Exelon Corporation – Byron, IL
  • Clinton Nuclear Generating Station – Clinton, IL
  • Coffeen Power Plant/ Ameren CIPS – Coffeen, IL
  • Commonwealth Edison Power Plants/ Quad Cities Generating Station – Cordova, IL
  • Duck Creek Power Plant/AmerenEnergy – Canton, IL
  • D. Edwards Power Plant/Dynegy – Bartonville, IL
  • Fisk Generating Station/Fisk Street Generating Station/Fisk Station – Chicago, IL
  • Grand Tower Energy Center – Grand Tower, IL
  • Havana Power Plant/Illinois Power Company/Ameren – Havana, IL
  • M. Stuart Power Plant/Grand Tower Power Plant /Ameren – Grand Tower, IL
  • Meredosia Power Plant/Ameren UE – Meredosia, IL
  • Carmel Power Plant/ Gibson Generating Station – Mt. Carmel, IL
  • Powerton Generating Station/Edison International – Pekin, IL
  • Quad Cities Generating Station/General Electric/Exelon – Cordova, IL
  • Romeoville Power Plant/Commonwealth Edison/ComED – Romeoville, IL
  • Venice Power Plant/ Union Electric Company/Ameren UE – Venice, IL
  • Waukegan Power Plant/Commonwealth Edison/Midwest Generation – Waukegan, IL
  • Wood River Power Plant/Illinois Power Company/Ameren IP/Dynegy – Wood River, IL
  • Zion Power Plant/Zion Nuclear Plant/Commonwealth Edison – Zion, IL


  • Breed Power Plant – Fairbanks, IN
  • Gibson Generating Station/Public Service Indiana/Cinergy/Duke Energy – Owensville, IN
  • Indiana Michigan Power Plant/Tanners Creek Generating Station/American Electric Power – Lawrenceburg, IN
  • Marble Hill Nuclear Power Plant – New Washington, IN
  • Tanner’s Creek Generating Station /Lawrenceburg Power Plant – Lawrenceburg, IN
  • Wabash River Generating Station/Duke Energy – Terre Haute, IN
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  • Iowa Electric Light & Power/ Alliant Energy/Iowa Railway and Light Corporation – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Lake Manawa Power Plant – Council Bluffs, IA
  • Ottouma Power Plant/Alliant Energy/ Interstate Power and Light Company – Ottouma, IA
  • Port Neal Power Plant – Sioux City, IA


  • City of Lawrence KS Power Plant – Lawrence, KS
  • Holcomb Station Power Plant/Sunflower Electric Co Op – Holcomb, KS
  • LyCyne Kansas Power Plant/KCP&L – Lycyne, KS
  • Quindaro Power Station – Kansas City, KS
  • Wolf Creek Generating Station – Wolf Creek, KS


  • Louisville Gas and Electric Plant/LG&E/Kentucky Utilities – Louisville, KY
  • Paducah Atomic Plant – Paducah, KY
  • Peabody Power Plant/ Peabody Energy Corporation – Peabody, KY


  • Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station – Plymouth, MA
  • Salem Harbor Station Power Plant/Footprint Power – Salem, MA


  • Bellafont Nuclear Plant – Jackson, MI
  • Palisades Nuclear Power Plant/CMS Energy Corporation – South Haven, MI
  • Presque Isle Power Plant – Marquette, MI
  • Weadlock Power Plant/Karn-Weadock Generating Complex/Consumers Energy – Bay City, MI


  • Allen S. King Generating Plant/Northern States Power Company – Bayport, MN
  • Black Dog Generating Station/Northern States Power Company – Burnsville, MN
  • Fox Lake Power Plant/Interstate Power and Light – Fox Lake, MN
  • Granite City Generating Plant/Northern States Power Company – St. Cloud, MN
  • High Bridge Generating Plant/Northern States Power Company – St. Paul, MN
  • Luverne Power Station – Luverne, MN
  • Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant/Northern States Power Company – Monticello, MN
  • Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant/ Northern States Power Company – Red Wing, MN
  • Riverside Generating Plant/Northern States Power Company – Minneapolis, MN
  • Rochester Public Utilities – Rochester, MN
  • Sherburne County Generating Station/Sherco, Northern States Power Company – Becker, MN


  • Grand Gulf Nuclear Generating Station – Port Gibson, MS
  • Yellow Creek Power Plant – Iuka, MS


  • Ashley Power Plant/Ashley Street light and Power/Ameren – St. Louis, MO
  • Callaway Nuclear Generating Station/Ameren Power – Fulton, MO
  • Chamois Power Plant/ Central Electric Power Cooperative – Chamois, MO
  • Joplin Missouri Power Plant/ The Empire District Electric Company – Joplin, MO
  • Labadie Power Plant/Ameren UE – Labadie, MO
  • Meramec Power Plant/ Union Electric Company/Ameren UE – Meramec, MO
  • New Madrid Power Plant/Associated Electric Cooperative – Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Northeast Power Plant – Palmyra, MO
  • Portage Des Sioux Power Plant/Union Electric Company/Ameren UE – St. Charles, MO
  • Rush Island Power Plant/ Union Electric Company/Ameren UE – Festus, MO
  • Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Power Station/ Union Electric– Lesterville, MO
  • Thomas Hill Power Plant /Associate Electric Cooperative – Clifton Hill, MO
  • Weldon Spring Nuclear Plant – Weldon Springs, MO


  • Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline/ Cabin Creek Plant/WBI Energy – Baker, MT


  • Cooper Nuclear Station/Nebraska Public Power District – Brownville, NE
  • Nebraska Public Power District/NPPD – Auburn, NE

New Hampshire

  • Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant – Seabrook, NH

New Jersey

  • Salem Nuclear Power Plant – Salem, NJ

New York

  • Commonwealth Edison Indian Point Power Plant #2/ Commonwealth Edison Indian Point Power Plant #3 – Buchanan, NY

New Mexico

  • Four Corners Steam Plant – Fruitland, NM
  • San Juan Generating Station/Public Service Company of New Mexico – Waterflow, NM

North Carolina

  • Carolina Power & Light Company/Duke Energy Progress – Raleigh, NC
  • Cliffside Steam Station/Duke Energy – Cliffside, NC
  • Progress Energy/Carolina Power & Light Power Plant/Duke Energy – Goldsboro, NC
  • Sutton Steam Station Plant/Duke Energy – Wilmington, NC

North Dakota

  • UPA Power Plant /Great River Energy/Stanton Station – Stanton, ND


  • Cardinal Power Station – Brilliant, OH
  • Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant – Oak Harbor, OH
  • Perry Nuclear Generating Station/First Energy Nuclear – Perry, OH
  • USEC Nuclear Plant – Portsmouth, OH
  • H. Sammis Power Plant/FirstEnergy – Stratton, OH


  • Belle Isle Power Plant – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Horseshoe Lake Power Plant – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Osage Power Plant – Ponca City, OK
  • Ponca City Energy/Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) – Ponca City, OK


  • Portland General Electric/Boardman Coal Plant – Boardman, OR
  • Trojan Nuclear Power Plant/Portland General Electric – Rainier, OR


  • Cheswick Power Station/Reliant Energy – Springdale, PA
  • Colver Power Generating Plant – Colver, PA
  • Ebensburg Generating Plant – Ebensburg, PA
  • Keystone Generating Station – Shelocta, PA
  • Martin Creek Power Plant – Martin Creek, PA

South Carolina

  • B. Robinson Steam Electric Plant – Hartsville, SC
  • Oconee Nuclear Station/Duke Energy – Seneca, SC

South Dakota

  • Coal Creek Station/Great River Energy – Underwood, SD
  • Pathfinder Atomic Power Plant – Sioux Falls, SD


  • Johnsonville Fossil/Steam Plant – New Johnsonville, TN


  • Gulf States Utilities/Entergy Texas/Eastern Texas Electric – Beaumont,TX
  • Morgan Creek Power Plant – Colorado City, TX


  • Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant – Vernon, VT


  • North Anna Nuclear Generating Station/Dominion Virginia Power – Mineral, VA
  • Surry Nuclear Power Plant/Dominion Generation – Rushmere, VA


  • Hanford Nuclear Site/Columbia Generating Station – Benton County, WA


  • East Wells Power Plant/ Oneida Street Station – Milwaukee, WI
  • Oak Creek Power Plant/South Oak Creek – Oak Creek, WI
  • Valley Power Plant/WE Energy – Milwaukee, WI
  • Wisconsin Electric Power Company/Oak Creek Power Plant/WE Energies – Oak Creek, WI
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Shareholder Melissa Crowe Schopfer joined Simmons Hanly Conroy in 2005 as an asbestos and mesothelioma attorney. In November 2012, she became an asbestos trial team leader, where her responsibilities include managing a team of attorneys and legal staff. She has worked on over 500 cases in the past 10 years and helped recover over $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of individuals and families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. She has represented clients who live in nearly every state.