New Mexico


New Mexico’s scenic beauty is reflected in its nickname, Land of Enchantment. The New Mexico landscape ranges from rose-colored deserts to dramatic mesas to snow-capped mountain ranges. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is widespread throughout the state’s scenic geography. Asbestos has been identified it at least sixteen New Mexico mining districts.

New Mexico is one of the country’s largest crude oil and natural gas producing states. Workers in the New Mexico oil refinery and gas industry were routinely exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was used to insulate refinery machinery and equipment and as a flame retardant. Consequently, New Mexico industrial workers are susceptible to an increased risk of mesothelioma.

The federal government plays a large role in New Mexico’s economy. The state hosts three large air force bases, Kirkland Air Force Base, Holloman Air Force Base, and Cannon Air Force Base. New Mexico also has an important air force testing range, White Sands Missile Range, and the prestigious national technology laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. Asbestos containing materials were widely used in the construction and maintenance of these facilities.

Other sources of asbestos exposure in New Mexico include power plants. Asbestos-related diseases have disproportionately occurred in workers at the Four Corners Power Plant and the San Juan Powerhouse. Numerous workers at the Public Service Company of New Mexico, the largest electrical and gas producer in the state have also developed mesothelioma.


Below is a list of occupations that put New Mexico workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupation in the 1980’s or earlier, there is a good chance you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and Stone Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Construction Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Drill Press Operators
  • Drywall Tapers
  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Foundry Workers
  • Freight and Material Handlers
  • Furnace Men, Smelter-Men & Pourers
  • Garage Workers
  • Grinding Machine Operators
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • HVAC Workers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Longshoremen and Stevedores
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Merchant Marines
  • Metal Lathers
  • Millwrights & Mill Workers
  • Mixing Operators
  • Molders
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers and Slaters
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Textile Operators
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the New Mexico job sites where there is a documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact one of our mesothelioma attorneys for more information. The sites include:

Power Plants

  • Four Corners Power Plant
  • Los Alamos Power Plant
  • Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)
  • San Juan Powerhouse
  • United Nuclear

Oil and Refineries

  • Giant Refining
  • Navajo Refining
  • Roswell Industrial Air Center
  • Warren Petroleum

Other Sites

  • Anaconda Co.
  • Burlington Northern Railroad
  • Cannon Air Force Base
  • Holloman Air Force Base
  • Kennecott Copper Corp.
  • Kirkland Air Force Base
  • Los Alamos Laboratories
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Santa Fe Railway System
  • University of California
  • White Sands Missile Range


Malignant mesothelioma is one of the most aggressive cancers. Asbestos exposure is the sole cause of this rare disease. Fortunately, New Mexico residents have not suffered the high malignant mesothelioma death rates found in other states. The Centers for Disease Control ranks New Mexico 39th among the 50 states. Still, between 1999-2004, 81 New Mexico residents died from asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma has a lengthy latency period. This means that a person develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos. This period ranges from 10 to 50 years after contact with the asbestos product. As a result, the number of mesothelioma deaths in New Mexico will continue.


Our firm has succeeded in securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements over the past 35 years. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Louisiana, it is critical that you immediately contact a skilled mesothelioma lawyer. This is because there are statutes of limitation, which afford victims only a limited time period to file a lawsuit.

You should contact one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your asbestos exposure and ascertain the responsible companies.