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Saturday, May 19, 2007
CBS Evening News reveals FEMA knew about problem
CBS Evening News once again had a lead story on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers last night (Friday, May 18). See link on the right for details about how internal documents show FEMA knew more than a year ago that many of the trailers have excessive levels of formaldehyde. FEMA testing showed 20 or 28 trailers exceeded the .1 ppm limit, with a couple being ten times over the limit. The show also has Sen. Mary Landrieu calling for a Congressional investigation and saying, "This takes the cake. Now people living in the trailers have to worry if their children are breathing fumes that could cancer or some other disease."