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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Washington Post slams FEMA trailers sales

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson today slammed the U.S. government dumping a hundred thousand FEMA trailers on the market. In an article headline "Tainted FEMA trailers should be destroyed, not sold" Robinson said just requiring the trailers contaminated with formaldehyde and mold to bear a warning that they aren't to be used as residences is not adequate.

The article states: "...the federal government is selling housing units that it knows are unsafe to live in....No warning sticker can absolve the government, the wholesalers and the eventual retailers of these trailers and mobile homes of their moral responsibility. Given the state of the economy -- especially the unabated national epidemic of foreclosures and evictions -- it is lunacy to pretend that families will not buy these units as primary residences.

Robinson said that officials told The Post that there would be little demand for the trailers because so many are in poor condition, having sat unoccupied and unattended for so long. But his guess is that if problems such as mold, mildew and propane-gas leaks drive retail prices even lower, the number of potential buyers is only likely to increase.

"Things are tough out there, and even a musty trailer -- with a warning sticker -- is a more comfortable place to sleep than the back seat of a car," Robinson said.