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Friday, July 2, 2010

Oil cleanup workers being housed in Katrina FEMA trailers

Ian Urbina with the New York Times broke the story Thursday (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/us/01trailers.html) that some former Katrina FEMA trailers are being used to house oil spill cleanup workers. There are even plans to put 300 of these on a barge out in the Gulf! People living in these trailers are reporting the same problems with formaldehyde causing burning eyes, sore throat, coughing, etc. that were widespread with the hurricane disaster victims. If you know anyone being housed in these stinking trailers, CNN wants to hear from you. Go to link below.

http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/01/fema-trailors-from-hurricane-katrina-resurrected-for-oil-disaster/?iref=allsearch

While the middlemen who made a killing selling these trailers--buying them cheap from the government and then jacking up the price eight to ten fold--claim the trailers have aged enough that formaldehyde is not longer a problem. That simply is not true. Recent testing of FEMA travel trailers being auctioned continue to show unacceptably high formaldehyde levels. The problems is particularly acute in hot, humid climates like the Gulf Coast in the summertime.

Very sad these cleanup workers are being exposed to toxic dispersants, burning oil, and oil while at work, and then their "home sweet home" is housing that tested so high in formaldehyde that FEMA evacuated everyone out of them. These workers are getting a triple whammy of toxic exposure.