Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

May 18, 2006

Environmental group says some FEMA trailers unsafe

Filed under: FEMA,New Orleans — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 1:36 pm

I just knew something was wrong with my still-unpowered FEMA trailer… formaldehyde!

Before they locked it up I went in to see what living in a little white box would be like, and suddenly I couldn’t breathe. (I have asthma.)

Here’s a breaking story:

Environmental group says some FEMA

trailers unsafe

An environmental group says thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi and Louisiana may be living in unsafe conditions after tests it conducted showed dangerous levels of formaldehyde in some government trailers.

The Sierra Club on Wednesday asked for a congressional hearing after it claimed that 30 out of 32 Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers it tested had levels of formaldehyde that were unsafe.

‘‘We started doing this testing because people were getting sick, having nosebleeds and having constant coughs,” said Mississippi Sierra Club spokeswoman Becky Gillette. ‘‘The government is making people sick. They are putting people back in harm’s way.”

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