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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:03 AM
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FEMA trailers-toxic tin-cans
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 11:14 AM by nam78_two
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14011193 /

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. For nearly a year now, the ubiquitous FEMA trailer has sheltered tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. But there is growing concern that even as it staved off the elements, it was exposing its inhabitants to a toxic gas that could pose both immediate and long-term health risks.

The gas is formaldehyde, the airborne form of a chemical used in a wide variety of products, including composite wood and plywood panels in the thousands of travel trailers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency purchased after Katrina to house hurricane victims. It also is considered a human carcinogen, or cancer-causing substance, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Air quality tests of 44 FEMA trailers conducted by the Sierra Club since April have found formaldehyde concentrations as high as 0.34 parts per million a level nearly equal to what a professional embalmer would be exposed to on the job, according to one study of the chemicals workplace effects.



Pediatrician saw unusual illnesses
Dr. Scott Needle, a pediatrician in Bay St. Louis, said he noticed some unusual and persistent health problems among his patients living in the trailers well before the possible link to formaldehyde exposure surfaced.

I was seeing kids coming in with respiratory complaints colds and sinus infections and they were getting them over and over again, he said. Almost invariably, these families were staying in the FEMA trailers.

A class-action lawsuit also has been filed in Louisiana, naming the federal government and trailer manufacturers as defendants and alleging that the temporary housing is unsafe and presents a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of plaintiffs and their families.




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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:09 AM
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1. snips are good...
Air quality tests of 44 FEMA trailers conducted by the Sierra Club since April have found formaldehyde concentrations as high as 0.34 parts per million a level nearly equal to what a professional embalmer would be exposed to on the job, according to one study of the chemicals workplace effects.

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Dr. Scott Needle, a pediatrician in Bay St. Louis, said he noticed some unusual and persistent health problems among his patients living in the trailers well before the possible link to formaldehyde exposure surfaced.

I was seeing kids coming in with respiratory complaints colds and sinus infections and they were getting them over and over again, he said. Almost invariably, these families were staying in the FEMA trailers.

A class-action lawsuit also has been filed in Louisiana, naming the federal government and trailer manufacturers as defendants and alleging that the temporary housing is unsafe and presents a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of plaintiffs and their families.

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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:12 AM
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2. sorry -will try to edit it/nt
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:17 AM
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3. you'll get more replies if you include a little of the article...
just remember the rules - no more than 4 paragraphs, unless the author states it's for free use.
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Stargazer99 Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:31 AM
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4. Just another example of how the system screws the poor.
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