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Monday, October 6, 2008

House Committee finds CDC failed to protect public health

The House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight released an important report today. The sub committee here is continuing to try to place blame where it is deserved, and protect the ATSDR whistleblower Dr. Chris DeRosa. It is important to note how many meetings ATSDR had on the formaldehyde issue from Jan. 2007 to July 2007 and then did nothing about it--with the result that tens of thousands of America families continued to be exposed to high levels of formaldehyde.

October 6, 2008
Subcommittee Report Finds CDC Has Failed to Protect the Public Health

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight released a staff report that details the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) handling of its response to high levels of formaldehyde in travel trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Based upon Subcommittee staff interviews with agency officials and ATSDR’s own internal documentation, the majority report offers a comprehensive account of ATSDR’s mishandling of this public health crisis.

The report finds that: “The agency’s incomplete and inadequate handling of their public health assessment, the failure to quickly and effectively correct their scientific mistakes and their reluctance to take appropriate corrective actions was all marked by notable inattention and inaction on the part of ATSDR’s senior leadership. As a result, tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina and Rita families living in trailers with elevated levels of formaldehyde were kept in harm’s way for at least one year longer than necessary.”

...Howard Frumkin, the Director of ATSDR, said he did not really focus on the formaldehyde issue until July 2007, when a congressional hearing drew his attention to it. Yet, documentation provided to the Subcommittee after the Subcommittee’s April 1st hearing reveals that Dr. Frumkin had at least 13 separate meetings on the formaldehyde issue between January 2007 and July 2007.