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Unsafe FEMA Trailers

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Posted July 20, 2007

The Washington Post is reporting today that FEMA has suppressed reports of toxic levels of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers set up after Katrina. The reports come out of work done by the Sierra Club since 2006. Data suggests that levels reached 75 times beyond what the law considers the maximum safe level to be for workers.

FEMA has subsequently resisted calls for testing of more trailers. Approximately 120,000 families live in these units.

One man was found dead in a trailer in Slidell, Louisiana. He had complained earlier about fumes.

The Office of General Counsel "has advised that we do not do testing, which would imply FEMA's ownership of this issue."