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Thursday, July 3, 2008

pediatrician agrees HUD standards woefully inadequate

Here is a response from Dr. Scott Needle, the pediatrician who testified in Congress about the large number of patients he was seeing from FEMA trailers, regarding the formaldehyde standards:

I look forward to reviewing the study but, as you are no doubt aware, the HUD rule was set in 1984...

"In the final published rule, HUD recognized that the 0.4 ppm (indoor ambient) level would not be achieved at all times, and that it would not be possible to implement an HCHO (formaldehyde) standard that would protect the entire population. HUD concluded that currently available medical and scientific evidence does not adequately establish health benefits and a level below 0.4 ppm." (Emphasis added)

--Ritchie I and Lehnen R, Formaldehyde-related complaints of residents living in mobile and conventional homes. Am J Pub Health, March 1987, 77(3): 323-328.

The scientific and medical evidence since 1984 now very clearly supports a safe level well below 0.4 ppm (ambient, which HUD believed achievable with particle board kept to 0.3 ppm).

I agree the HUD levels are long overdue to be revised.