Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I love the smell of formaldehyde in the morning! 


The Federal Emergency Management Agency manipulated scientific research to play down the danger posed by formaldehyde in trailers issued to hurricane victims, according to an investigation by congressional Democrats.

FEMA "ignored, hid and manipulated government research on the potential impact of long-term exposure to formaldehyde" on Katrina and Rita victims now living in FEMA trailers, said a letter written by Democrats on Monday.

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FEMA has certainly screwwd this issue up, primarily by failing to be honest with anyone.

I do however question the use of long term exposure data, since formaldehyde dissipates fairly quickly when there is ventilation.

Industrial exposure which, can last years, has been studied and is a concern because the formaldehyde levels are constant, since the formaldehyde is used in the manufacturing process.

In a trailer the formaldehyde will dissipate over time, reducing rapidly if there is good ventilation. The risk of this type of exposure, significant short term levels is largely unknown.

FEMA should be testing trailers in use and in storage to determine what the levels are. They should conduct actual use tests to determine what is really going in the trailers. At this point everyone is guessing because FEMA never wanted to find out.

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