New Mexico Asbestos Exposure Sites

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:41pm by

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 New Mexico where asbestos is known to have been present.


  • Alamogordo Lambert Company
  • Alamogordo Lumber Company
  • Holloman Air Force Base
  • M.R. Prestridge Lumber Company
  • Merrill H. Fisher
  • Southwest Lumber Company
  • Texas Louisiana Power Company
  • White Sands Missile Range


  • Air Traffic Control Ctr
  • Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center
  • Albuquerque and Cerrillos Coal Company
  • Albuquerque Gas & Electric
  • American Gypsum Company
  • Apache Lbr
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
  • Bates Lumber Company
  • Brewer Builders
  • Builders Materials Inc
  • City of Albuquerque Water Department
  • Columbia Asbestos Company
  • Corps of Engineers Albequerque District
  • Desert Industries
  • Elks Lodge
  • Eppsco Inc
  • Excelsior Laundry Company
  • Federal Building
  • First Church of Christ Scientist
  • Florida Insulation & Fireproof
  • Geo. S. Thompson Company
  • H M Public Service Power
  • Imperial Laundry Company
  • J. Korber & Company
  • Kent Nowlin Construction Company
  • Kinney Brick Company
  • Kirtland Air Force Base
  • Lovelace Clinic
  • Nalleys Inc
  • New Mexico Pump & Equipment
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass
  • Person Station
  • Public Service Company of New Mexico
  • Red Seal Inc
  • Reeves Power Plant
  • Residence, 12400 Morrow N.E.
  • Sandia Base
  • Sandia Corporation
  • St. Josephs Hospital
  • Sturm Rodgers
  • Tri-State Insulation
  • United States Veterans Hospital
  • University of New Mexico
  • Veterans Administration


  • Navajo Refining


  • Duval Sulfur & Potash
  • International Min. & Chemical Corporation
  • International Minerals and Chemicals Corporation
  • Kerr Mcgee Potasa Mine
  • National Mine
  • National Potash Company
  • Owens-Corning
  • Southernwestern Public Service Company
  • Southwest Potash Corp
  • United States Potash Company
  • Western Precipitation


  • A.T. and Sante Fe Railway System
  • Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • Southern Public Service Company
  • Town of Clovis


  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Chaco Compressor Station
  • Farmington Insulation & Metal Supply Inc.
  • Four Corners Powerhouse
  • Municipal Light Plant Farmington
  • Plateau Refinery
  • Production Equipment Corp
  • San Juan Power Plant


  • Arizona Public Service Company
  • Four Corners Power Plant
  • Four Corners Steam Electric Generating Plant
  • Lovington Power Plant
  • Public Service Company of New Mexico


  • Ciniza Refinery
  • City Power Plant
  • El Paso Natural Gas Company
  • Gallup Refinery
  • Giant Refining New Mexico
  • United Nuclear Corporation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Stears-Roger Manufacturing Company
  • Wingate Fractionation Plan


  • Ace Building & Supply Company
  • Ace Welding Service
  • Climax Chemical Company
  • H B Zachry Company
  • Maddok Power Plant
  • New Mexico Electric Service Company
  • Northern Natural Gas Company
  • Warren Petroleum Corporation
  • Wonder Building Display


  • American Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company
  • Chino Mines Company
  • Chino Mines Power Plant
  • Kennecott Copper Company
  • Kennicott Copper Mines
  • Nevada Consolidated Copper Corporation
  • Phelps Dodge Mining

Las Cruces

  • Burn Construction Company, Inc.
  • City of Las Cruces Gas Distribution System
  • El Paso Electric Company
  • Farmers Compress Company
  • Haines Sewing Plant
  • New Mexico State University

Los Alamos

  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Los Alamos Atomic Testing Site
  • Los Alamos Laboratories
  • Los Alamos Power Plant
  • Zia Corporation


  • International Minerals and Chemical Corp
  • United States Potash Company


  • Lea County Electric Cooperative Inc
  • Turbine Generator
  • Warren Petroleum Corporation


  • Community Power and Light Company
  • Malco Refineries, Inc.
  • Missile Site
  • Monterrey School
  • Pecos Valley Compress Company
  • Roswell Brackish Water Treatment Facility
  • Roswell Electric Light Company
  • Roswell Industrial Air Center
  • Roswell Laundry Company
  • Southwestern Public Service Company
  • St. Marys Hospital
  • Walker Air Force Base

Santa Fe

  • Aqua Fria School
  • Neff Buckner
  • New Mexico State Penitentiary
  • Santa Fe General Hospital

Silver City

  • New Mexico Light Heat and Power Company
  • New Mexico State Teachers College
  • Silver City Reduction Company
  • Socorro Mines
  • Town of Silver City