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(Denver, Colorado, 2/7/2006) Deanie Pate chokes back tears during a press conference while talking to reporters about her father Ted Pate's slow death from malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused from asbestos exposure. He has lost 60 pounds since he was diagnosed in 2004. The ex-marine worked in construction for 30 + years and was exposed to asbestos products from 86 different companies. Deanie says that her opposition to the Senate Bill 852 is not about money, it is about holding companies responsible for their actions. Corporations have known that asbestos was dangerous, she says, since 1908 and they did nothing to protect people working around it. Colorado asbestos poisoning victims, those who've lost family members to asbestos related illnesses, and their community allies announced their opposition to a proposed asbestos "trust fund" to be debated this week in the U.S. Senate, also known as Senate Bill 852. Calling it the "asbestos corporation bailout bill", victims and allies detailed how the proposed $140 billion fund bails out asbestos manufacturers - including corporations like the criminally indicted W.R. Grace, that knowingly hid the dangers of asbestos - at the expense of justice for current and future victims of asbestos poisoning. U.S. Senator Ken Salazar is one of few remaining undecided senators on this issue and press conference attendees asked him to "stand with Coloradans, not the corporations." The press conference was held in the third floor press room in the State Capitol. (JUDY DEHAAS/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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