June 25, 2002 7:54 PM
Senator Hatch’s $108 Billion trust fund won’t meet future claims. What do victims do when the trust fund runs out of money? Likely future claims range from 1.9 million to 2.4 million. A trust fund designed to pay these claims could range as high as $245 billion (adjusted for inflation). Workers today are still being exposed. Estimates don’t include current exposures. The U. S. Geological Survey estimates that more than 29 million pounds of asbestos were used in product manufacturing in 2001.