Study Says FEMA Ignored Toxic Findings

An investigation by congressional Democrats is critical of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It says FEMA manipulated scientific research in order to play
down the danger posed by formaldehyde in trailers issued for
hurricane victims.

North Carolina Congressman Brad Miller led the investigation,
which was released Monday.

Democrats on a House Science and Technology subcommittee wrote
to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff about the results
of the investigation involving victims of hurricanes Katrina and
Rita now living in FEMA trailers.

They said FEMA "ignored, hid and manipulated government
research on the potential impact of long-term exposure to
formaldehyde" on the victims.

FEMA is part of the Homeland Security Department.

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  • by :( Location: NC on Jan 29, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    I don't like FEMA. When my town had a damage from a hurricane, there were a lot of people who weren't affected or that were renting homes that got messed up. My house had damage to the whole roof, we had leaks through out the whole house, eventually causing parts of the ceiling to cave in and mold growing in the walls and in the ceiling. We were going through hard times and struggling to pay bills. FEMA said I made to much money and wouldn't help me. But I watched people who had absolutely no damage to their vehicles or homes, end up coming out of the deal with a brand new house or a brand new car. People that were renting a home that got damaged ended up coming out with a brand new home. But I couldn't even get enough money to fix a roof, instead I had to move out into a much smaller home which had a little damagae already done to it.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Jan 28, 2008 at 06:43 PM
    Formaldehyde is not new to mobile homes, my fatrhe purchased a mobil home for my aunt and placed it on a lot he owned (30 years or so ago). The smell of formaledehyde was enough to cause my nose to burn and eyes to water. Some 15 years later I lived in that same trailer with the same smell but not so powerful. So this is not new to the mobile home industry.

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