FEMA's Toxic Trailers: Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, July 19, 2007   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Opening Statement of Henry A. Waxman: "Today we begin 2 days of hearings on the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These hearings are part of a series of hearings in this committee on how to make Government effective again. In the 1990's, FEMA was a model Government agency, but, as Hurricane Katrina showed, cronyism, under-funding, and lack of leadership turned FEMA into the most ridiculed agency in the Government. In these hearings we will ask whether FEMA has learned the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and restored its capacity to protect the public in disasters. Today we are going to look at a narrow but telling subject: FEMA trailers that exposed our citizens to dangerous levels of formaldehyde. Then in 2 weeks we will look at the broader topic of FEMA's preparedness for the next disaster." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Davis, Mary Devany, James Harris Jr., Lindsay Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Scott Needle, David R. Paulison, Paul Stewart, John A. Yarmuth, Henry A. Waxman, Carlton Sistrunk, Dawn Sistrunk, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Gillette, Zack Carter, Manufacturing Housing Institute and Lee Shull.

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Serial No. 110-41
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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: http://oversight.house.gov/
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