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Did FEMA Withhold Health Info About Katrina Trailers?

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?


LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Well said, Brandy and fiestygirl. I totally agree.
fiestygirl fiestygirl 9 years
While I in no way support Bush, the reason our federal agencies are a joke are due to the political leaders who have their hands in the pockets of lobbyists and special interest groups. ie pharmaceutical companies.
fiestygirl fiestygirl 9 years
Formaldehyde was used when I first had to do animal dissections in school. Then the next year, it was quickly removed, lots of talk about the toxicity. FEMA has to be kidding me. The hazards of formaldehyde have been known for years.
Allow me to make a huge generalization here: Any US regulative agency is a joke. Atleast at this point in time. I guess that's what we get when our Alchy President puts all his buddies in charge of agencies that actually require a brain to run.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I hope FEMA is held accountable (yea, right). Although I have to point out, it's sort of ironic that they're calling them out on formaldehyde. It's a preservative used to embalm deceased animals and people (and very very toxic). Besides the trailers, does anyone know where else it's found? Soda. Aspartame breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde. Thanks for letting that one pass, good ol' FDA!
kaenai kaenai 9 years
This is a pity and a shame.. And I am not surprised at this sort of manipulation by the current government in the least.
philleif philleif 9 years
It's rare that the people who have been homeless for the last few years get the last laugh.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
This is th reson why I'll never revoke my zimbabwean citizenship for all it's problems i know hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods aren't something i have to worry about living there.
syako syako 9 years
well personally I don't think it's a joking matter, imo.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
I think raciccarone was joking. Hopefully.
syako syako 9 years
On to the issue - if you guys knew the costs of construction and getting a good contractor in our area right now since the storm (n.o.) then you'd understand why some people are still in the trailers - add to that the fact that many are getting SHAFTED by their insurance companies and are in the middle of litigation trying to get the money their home owner's insurance AND flood insurance should have covered. That's the TRAGEDY! A lot of these people didn't have any other assets other than their homes and that's wiped out now and they can't get insurance money for it, and they have this free trailer on their front yard that offers them protection from the rain, light wind, and sun. So that's what's going on.
syako syako 9 years
You have to be kidding about the taste thing. These people lost their homes entirely and you're worried about taste? Some people disgust me.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
How about the fact that people who live in trailers pose a risk to good taste? Why is no one talking about that?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
40 00 people? That's a lot and that's the real tragedy. FEMA blows!!!!!!!!!!
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
I think FEMA manipulated information, but I think the real tragedy is that ppl are still living in the trailers.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Both makes me mad. It's such BS to keep digging at the CDC until you get an opinion that jives with what you want to do anyhow. I work very indirectly with both FEMA and CDC (veeeery indirectly, I just know about the two within my corporation) and if they had half a brain, they would've went with the CDC's first opinion instead of going into more of their personal damage control to make them look good. I hope FEMA gets much more than a wrist slap when all is said and done. And it's also horrible that the trailers are still in use.
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