Tuesday, August 07, 2007
FEMA's Formaldehyde Cover-up
From the July 31, 2007 edition of Gambit Weekly, an article on the FEMA cover-up of
the impacts of the presence of formaldehyde in the thousands of FEMA trailers issued Katrina victims in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
The article reports on the decisions made by FEMA attorneys to keep a lid on any talk of formaldehyde problems in the trailers.
FEMA knew about the formaldehyde problem a year and a half ago and engaged in a concerted effort to hide it from Congress, trailer residents, other federal agencies -- even its own field staff, which consistently raised the issue to higher ups. Fearing litigation, FEMA attorneys in Washington stopped the agency's field staff from admitting the problem, from testing trailers, even from relocating sick individuals who asked to be moved.
I certainly hope your fear of litigation turns into your worst nightmare. But knowing the track record of this dysfuctional appendage of George Bush's domestic policy, you'll probably walk away scott free.
Warning to the victims of future national tragedies: beware of presidents making empty promises and FEMA.
Update August 8th, 2007 FEMA suspends use, sales of ‘toxic’ trailers... From MSNBC dot com:
Residents can get refund, new housing while agency tests for formaldehyde....
“Nothing is as important to FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security as ensuring that disaster victims have a safe and healthy place to reside during their recovery,” the agency said in a statement.
bullshit, you just got caught.