The Beebee Power Station opened in Rochester, New York in the late-1800s. It was constructed by Rochester Gas & Electric, and supplied power to Monroe County for over 100 years. Spread across 18 acres of land abutting the High Falls section of the Genessee River, the power plant once employed hundreds of skilled tradespeople, including boiler tenders, engineers, maintenance crews, millwrights, operators and laborers. For decades, the Beebee Station, and its sister power plant, Russell Station, provided stable and secure employment for Rochester’s surrounding communities.

Beebee Station was permanently closed for demolition in 1999. An official statement released by Rochester Gas & Electric noted that one major issue for the continued operation of the plant was “widespread asbestos contamination.” As late as 1998, plant investigations revealed that decades worth of asbestos material was still installed throughout the plant. Due to the overwhelming amount of asbestos material installed by employees and independent contractors throughout Beebee Station between the 1940s and late-1980s, officials were concerned that there was no effective means to eliminate the harmful fibrous material.

The statements made by Rochester Gas & Electric underscore the rampant use of asbestos material at power plants across New York and throughout the country. Beebee Station’s 18 acres of land were loaded with high-temperature equipment requiring vast amounts of asbestos insulation. Miles of piping was coated with thick asbestos pipe insulation. Asbestos block, concrete and brick were installed inside and outside buildings. Original equipment still operating at the plant in the 1990s would only properly operate with asbestos components. Spray insulation installed by contractors, as well as floor tiles, wall material and other fibrous material, was installed to protect workers and prevent fires.

While Rochester Gas & Electric publicly acknowledged the severity of occupational asbestos exposure in 1999, these same warnings were not given to the hundreds of retirees who worked for decades on Beebee’s 18 acres of land. Workers were exposed to asbestos without safety training, masks and respirators, or proper dust ventilation equipment. Between the 1940s and 1990s, employees of Beebee Station regularly worked with and around asbestos, including gaskets, packing, seals, rope, pipe covering which were were regularly installed and removed by many of Beebee’s employees.

Generally, much of the asbestos exposure suffered by employees and independent contractors was associated with the products Beebee Station used to generate electricity. Equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, condensers, pumps, valves, air compressors, tanks, piping systems contained various pieces of asbestos. The companies that manufactured these products designed them in a manner that required asbestos material. During scheduled maintenance and emergency repairs, workers would remove asbestos insulation from the equipment, and scrape out worn gaskets and packing. Once the machine was cleaned, fresh asbestos components were installed.

For several decades, the attorneys at Levy Konigsberg have represented the families of individuals who have suffered asbestos exposures at power plants like Beebee Station. Many of the companies whose products poisoned the lungs of Beebee Station employees were aware of the dangers their products posed. Choosing profits over the health and safety of their customers, these companies continued to produce asbestos-containing machines through the 1980s, despite definitive scientific research linking lung disease to exposure to dust. With proper warnings from these manufacturers, employee exposure to the harmful asbestos dust could have been avoided.

If you or a loved one worked at Beebee Station and have developed mesothelioma or lung cancer, or another asbestos-related disease, please call today for a free consultation.


Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.


Committed to Doing What’s Right

Over $3 Billion Won

We have represented numerous individuals and groups of workers, winning for them multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.

There's No Case Too Big

Our team has achieved groundbreaking victories in highly complex cases and has gone up against some of the toughest defendants in the country.

Trial Attorneys

Our attorneys excel in the courtroom and are not afraid to bring a case in front of a jury if a fair settlement for the client has not been reached.

A Thought Leader in the Industry

Our firm’s knowledge and experience are in high demand, and many news outlets have asked us to share our legal expertise.

Access to World Class Resources

Our experienced attorneys use cutting-edge technology and highly regarded experts to help us achieve the best possible result for our clients.

Changing the World for Good

We not only want to achieve the best possible results for our clients, but we also strive to prevent future harm by changing public health policies.


Hear What They Have to Say

Professional, responsive and very good at their jobs.

“From the first visit to my home, to my last visit to the office to collect my settlement, I was very happy with the services provided by this firm. They are professional, very responsive and very good …”

– Lisa Ross

They have truly gone above and beyond.

“I have been beyond pleased how Levy Konigsberg is handling my matter. They answer my questions in a timely matter and when warranted, ease my worries and concerns. They have truly gone above and …”

– Anne Fahey

I put my Faith and Trust into Corey Stern!

“Selecting a Law firm to represent me was one of the biggest decisions I’ve had to make in my life. I put my Faith and Trust into Corey Stern, and he exceeded all my expectations.”

– Dennis McGowan

With this team on my side we came out on top.

“Levy Konigsberg and team are a group of men and women that give their all, down to the receptionist. I had a case that was almost unbeatable but with this team on my side we came out on top. They keep …”

– Angie Garrido

Very happy with our settlement.

“My husband and I were VERY happy with our experience with this firm. They were always caring and really helped us go through this in a very hard time in our lives .We continue to be in touch with the …”

– Lori Rosa

Wow is all I can say.

“It has been a few years now but I needed to post this. My dad suffered so much from Mesothelioma. My brother looked into the law and our rights. Unfortunately he died also before anything was done. It …”

– Carol N.

Their dedication to receive the highest results for their clients was amazing.

“Working with Levy Koningsberg LLP was a very positive experience. Their professionalism and curiosity was outstanding. I was a pleasure working with this firm. Their dedication to receive the highest …”

– Emily DeRogatis.

Such a great team!

“The whole team at Levy, Konigsberg LLP have been extremely professional and kind during our most difficult time. They keep you informed during the process, check in often asking if there are any …”

– Kevin Kober

We definitely got the right law firm!

“Levy Konigsberg represented my daughter Linda, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma at 16 years old. She endured many surgeries and chemotherapy including HIPEC. She traveled the country seeking …”

– Mark Wells

Levy Konigsberg continued to help my family fight for the justice my father deserves.

“Levy Konigsberg was there for my father as soon as he was diagnosed with mesothelioma they helped him get medical treatment in another state that specializes in his condition and even provided housing …”

– Stephanie Vitale



Free Case Review