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New Mexico Asbestos Exposure Sites

There is a major focus on energy production in New Mexico. While this industry provides certain economic benefits, it also exposes a whole raft of workers to asbestos because of how much of the mineral is used in steam-driven power plants and in building materials. New Mexico is also home to six natural asbestos deposits. There are two chrysotile deposits Lordsburg and Deming, in the state’s southwestern region, and a third about halfway between El Paso and Las Cruces, about 15 miles north of the Texas-New Mexico state line. One amphibole-type asbestos source is located in New Mexico’s “boot heel” in the middle of the desert, while another one is near Ruidoso. A fourth chrysotile outcropping has been identified about thirty miles northwest of this Ruidoso. Exposure to asbestos puts workers and the general population at risk of developing several different, very aggressive cancers including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Places in…
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