Newport Shipyard & Marina was established during a period when asbestos was widely used in the construction, maintenance, and repair of all types of vessels. Shipyard employees at Newport Shipyard & Marina were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis and for extended periods of time. Many of them worked in confined spaces with asbestos particles everywhere. This form of asbestos exposure did not occur just at this shipyard. Before the late 1970s, when the U.S. EPA established asbestos use regulations, almost every shipyard in the United States employed asbestos. People usually don't know they've developed an asbestos-related ailment for decades after being exposed to asbestos. The illness is usually in its later stages by that time, making the prognosis bleak.