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Asbestos Exposures At Huntley Generating Station – Tonawanda, New York

NRG Energy recently shuttered the century-old, coal-fired Huntley electric plant, in Tonawanda, NY. The massive 760 megawatt facility is a well-known source of environmental pollution. In fact, Huntley bears the dubious distinction of having been the dirtiest power plant in New York State. Over the past century, the coal burned at Huntley, caused the release of massive quantities of toxic byproducts, such as: hydrogen fluoride, hydrochloric acid, barium, lead, and mercury. These compounds contributed to global warming, acid rain, and impacted the Niagara River. As recently as 2013, Huntley emitted 440,000 pounds of pollutants in to the environment, in a single calendar year.

Unfortunately, the air inside Huntley was permeated with a different kind of toxic pollution. Like all major power plants, Huntley’s operation was completely dependent upon the use of asbestos-containing equipment and components. Large numbers of powerhouse workers, tradesmen, and maintenance workers were subjected to asbestos exposures by simply doing their work inside Huntley. Boilers manufactured by Babcock & Wilcox and Combustion Engineering powered the facility’s General Electric turbine.

The maintenance and replacement of critical components at Huntley resulted in the disruption of encapsulated asbestos fibers. These fibers became airborne and asbestos-containing dust, diffused throughout the plant. Once airborne, the poisonous asbestos fibers knew no bounds. Virtually every square foot of Huntley contained harmful asbestos. Valves, pumps, compressors, gaskets, cables, wires, insulation, refractories, tanks, and condensers, all contributed to asbestos exposures, and increased the risks for workers at Huntley, of developing mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Big corporations derived enormous profits from selling their asbestos-ridden products to facilities like Huntley. Tragically, these companies valued money more than human lives. For decades, the health risks associated with asbestos exposure were widely known in the industrial community. But this knowledge was never shared with the generations of Erie County residents who labored at Huntley. This is why laborers, operators, contractors, and tradesman who worked at Huntley remain at an unacceptably higher risk of developing catastrophic asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

For over 30 years, Levy Konigsberg has tirelessly stood up to the companies who shattered families by silently poisoning thousands of hard-working people. Levy Konigsberg was one of the first law firms in the United States that dedicated itself to representing mesothelioma victims and their families. Some of the firm’s early verdicts on behalf of catastrophically injured powerhouse workers still stand as some of the largest recorded compensation awards in the history of asbestos litigation.

The firm’s commitment to assisting Upstate families is unwavering. Levy Konigsberg has actively recruited numerous skilled attorneys who were raised in Upstate New York for this purpose. The firm’s nationally known trial attorneys have achieved many record-setting verdicts on behalf of Upstate residents ravaged by mesothelioma and lung cancer. Levy Konigsberg prides itself on serving residents of Upstate New York Counties, including Erie County, in mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer cases. Our attorneys can meet with you in the comfort of your own home. If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, after working at Huntley, call Levy Konigsberg today.


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