Construction on Niagara Mohawk’s Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant began in 1965, and it went into commercial operation in December, 1969. Nine Mile Point’s plant shares a 900 acre site with the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, and it is located about five miles northeast of Oswego, New York on the shore of Lake Ontario. Nine Mile Point contains two nuclear reactors, Unit 1 and Unit 2. Both reactors at the Nine Mile Point facility are classified as Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) utilizing water from Lake Ontario for the cooling process. Unit 1 is one of the two oldest nuclear reactors that remain in service in the United States. In 2001, Nine Mile Point was sold to Constellation Energy and it remains in service.
Prior to federal regulations placed on asbestos in the early 1970s, asbestos could be found in materials, such as pipe covering, gaskets, thermal insulation and packing material used in pumps and valves. Commonly, powerhouses, steam generating facilities and nuclear power plants used asbestos in their construction due to its high heat resiliency. As a result of asbestos exposure at Nine Mile Point, workers may have developed mesothelioma, a cancer that is only caused by exposure to asbestos.
Our attorneys have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos containing products to which our clients were exposed. If you or a loved one once worked at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Plant and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, please contact us for a free case evaluation.