FEMA just doesn't seem to be able to get anything right. They've taken several blows of late and cannot get their feet under them. Nor should they.
FEMA trailers, housing many Hurricane Katrina families in the coastal regions of Mississippi and Louisiana, have been found to have toxic levels of formaldehyde. Most trailers, indeed most new construction, have minuscule amounts, as formaldehyde is often used in industrial strength glue, carpet backing, and chipboard. That's why some folks have a sensitivity to new construction.
Formaldehyde, no longer used in the preservation and preparation of cadavers and other dissectables, is a dangerous carcinogen. The current level of the formaldehyde fumes in the FEMA trailers? Five times the upper limit of what is acceptable by industry standards.
So what does that mean for the 35,000 to 38,000 families still living in FEMA trailers? Well, either put up with being sick (WTF?!?) or make other arrangements for housing (uhm...?!?). What with our economy and our current housing market being in such shambles, these folks truly are stuck between a rock and a hard place.