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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

FEMA trailer manufacturer's Haiti classrooms also have toxic formaldehyde levels

We were alarmed by reports that the used FEMA trailers would be sent to Haiti after the massive earthquake. Thankfully that didn't happen, but instead one manufacturer of the toxic FEMA trailers got the contract to build the same kind of crap for Haiti hurricane shelters that are being used as schools!

See http://www.thenation.com/article/161908/shelters-clinton-built

The reporters found very high formaldehyde levels in the classrooms and the sick teachers and children that would be expected from this exposure. The following quote reminded me so much of people in the Katrina FEMA trailers who moved out to live in sheds or tents because they were suffering so much from the formaldehyde exposure in the trailers:

Sitting in the sixth-grade classroom, student Mondialie Cineas, who dreams of becoming a nurse, said that three times a week the teacher gives her and her classmates painkillers so that they can make it through the school day. "At noon, the class gets so hot, kids get headaches," the 12-year-old said, wiping beads of sweat from her brow. She is worried because "the kids feel sick, can't work, can't advance to succeed."
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Yet according to Maddalena, given the high rate of formaldehyde found in one of the classrooms, and the children's headaches, "they'd be better off studying outside under a tarp."



Formaldehyde outgassing increases with heat and humidity so putting these in a place where they wouldn't have air conditioning in a hot, humid climate was a recipe for disaster.

Ironically, Clayton Homes claims to have developed the first “Green” manufactured home.

http://essentialquality.com/thegreens/?tag=katrina-cottage