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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

formaldehyde levels not high at Capitol

At a recent Congressional hearing on formaldehyde Rep. Mark Souder, R.-Indiana, claimed testing had shown there were formaldehyde levels in the hearing room and elsewhere in the Capitol as high as the average found in FEMA trailers. It turns out that had as much validity a Rep. Souder claiming high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers were caused by dead bodies floating in the water.

From http://thehill.com:80/leading-the-news/formaldehyde-levels-on-capitol-hill-lower-than-feared-2008-08-24.html

Formaldehyde levels on Capitol Hill lower than feared
By Jordy Yager
Posted: 08/24/08 11:46 AM [ET]
Formaldehyde levels in Capitol Hill office buildings are not as high as suspected and are in compliance with federal regulations, according to a recent series of tests done by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC)..

...The lawmaker became worried when a Republican staff member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee found unusually high formaldehyde levels in several House office buildings. The committee was preparing for a hearing on the high levels of formaldehyde found in the trailers FEMA provided to victims of Hurricane Katrina several years ago.

The AOC analyzed 67 samples gathered from throughout the U.S. Capitol complex, including House and Senate office buildings, the Capitol Visitors Center, the U.S. Capitol Police headquarters, dormitories, and day care facilities. ...The GOP staffer’s initial findings noted levels as high as 80 parts per billion in the Rayburn House Office Building. But the AOC’s results were all less than five parts per billion.