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Washington–A consulting group’s findings that an asbestos trust fund to be created by proposed Senate legislation is woefully inadequate came under withering criticism at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday.

The decision by Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to convene the hearing is a rarity since testimony is generally not taken for legislation that has already been reported out. The legislation is S. 852, the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005.

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