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Too Dangerous For FEMA

But fine for hurricane evacuees.

CBS News reports that FEMA Protecting Itself, But Not Evacuees?

CBS News has learned that while telling the residents of its trailers that it is still working on the formaldehyde problem, it appears it prohibits its own staff from even briefly stepping inside trailers once residents have moved out.

In July the head of the agency told Congress he was working quickly to deal with the toxic formaldehyde issue.

“FEMA and the CDC are scheduled to begin Phase One of a study in the Gulf Coast within the next few weeks,” said FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison.

Now FEMA says the study has been halted – not a single trailer tested.

The stated reason: the agency says it needs to identify “action levels for responding to the results.”

In other words, when FEMA finds high levels of the toxic fumes, the agency still doesn’t know what to do about it.

So, the trailers are too dangerous for FEMA employees, but they haven’t even started evaluating the problem, or doing anything to help the people who have been living in these “gas chambers” for months.

3 comments

1 whig { 11.08.07 at 12:26 am }

Ever wonder if the government isn’t just trying to kill off the undesirables?

2 Cookie Jill { 11.08.07 at 12:29 am }

Makes you want to go…WTF

3 Bryan { 11.08.07 at 10:18 am }

The people in the trailers do tend to be Democratic voters, Whig, except for the people who own the million dollar beach houses that are also living in these trailers.

They are doing their best to avoid taking responsibility for their actions, Jill. The people who manufacture the trailers do warn about the problems.