Thursday, July 19, 2007

FEMA Suppressed Health Warnings for Workers, Katrina Victims

Spencer S. Hsu writes in The Washington Post:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has suppressed warnings from its own Gulf coast field workers since the middle of 2006 about suspected health problems that may be linked to elevated levels of formaldehyde gas released in FEMA-provided trailers, lawmakers said today.

At a hearing this morning of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, investigators released internal e-mails indicating that FEMA lawyers rejected environmental testing out of fear that the agency would then become legally liable if health problems emerged among as many as 120,000 families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who lived in trailers.

More here.


At Wed Apr 09, 09:03:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Katrina Trailer Manufacutrers knew or should have known of the danger of formaldehyde off gasing, etc. Many trailer and recreational vehicle manufacturers, such as Coachman Industries, have known of the heatlth hazards of fordmaldehyde for some time.


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