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FEMA trailers on the cheap
FEMA provided more than a hundred thousand trailers to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Last year, stories of families made sick by the toxic trailers started showing up -- tests showed unacceptably high levels of formaldehyde (a carcinogen used in preserving and embalming that can cause respiratory problems). But FEMA was slow to respond. FEMA lawyers even sent a memo:
"Do not initiate any testing until we give the OK. ... Once you get results ... the clock is running on our duty to respond to them."
Rep. Waxman (D-CA) calls it "infuriating", but I'm pretty sure that's an understatement.