Formaldehyde Emitting Mobiles for All (FEMA)—Pt I
Last year, private tests revealed high levels of formaldehyde in FEMA's travel trailers (see here) that were provided to those who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. This New York Times article discusses Congress's latest review of FEMA's slow response to the hazard.
Representative Henry A. Waxman's (D-California) statement during last week's hearing could not be more timely. Just today, it was announced that FEMA intends to keep selling the trailers! (See here) Waxman said of FEMA:
“What we have is indifference to the suffering of people who are already suffering because of Hurricane Katrina, and this is from an agency that’s supposed to serve the public.”
It's troubling but unfortunately unsurprising that FEMA was so sluggish and unapologetic in response to this serious health concern, even after one death and many illnesses have been linked to the formaldehyde exposure. FEMA's decision to keep selling the trailers gives me flashbacks of the EPA response to air quality data right after 9/11 (a topic covered in depth here on TortDeform.com).
More to come very soon... just wanted to make sure folks know about this.