40,000 FEMA trailers are still being lived in following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This week, the House science committee alleged that FEMA "ignored, hid and manipulated government research on the potential impact of long-term exposure to formaldehyde" directly impacting those still calling FEMA trailers, home.
The crux of the committee's argument is that FEMA chose to disregard the first opinion they received from the first Center for Disease Control and Prevention expert, which stated that there is no "safe" level of formaldehyde exposure, and that any exposure can pose a cancer risk. FEMA then sought other opinions within the CDC until they found one who would help them suppress information about the possible health risks. FEMA adds that the health risk is mitigated by proper ventilation in the trailers, and recommended opening the windows.
Do you think FEMA manipulated this information? Or is the real tragedy that the trailers are still being used at all?