Manufacturers of FEMA Trailers and Elevated Formaldehyde Levels, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 9, 2008 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the opening statement of Henry A. Waxman: "Today the committee is holding its second hearing on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers. A year ago the committee examined how FEMA responded to reports that the families living in Government trailers were being exposed to hazardous levels of formaldehyde. Our hearing revealed that the FEMA staff out in the field said that they needed to test these trailers so the dangerous levels of formaldehyde would not adversely affect the families living in these trailers, but FEMA, itself, in Washington refused to do that. One FEMA lawyer directed: 'Do not initiate any testing. Once you get results and should they indicate some problem, the clock is running on our duty to respond'. Well, what we learned at that hearing outraged Americans all across the country. FEMA had a duty to protect families living in its trailers and it failed them. I expect today's hearing will also generate a sense of outrage. The largest supplier of FEMA trailers by far was a manufacturer named Gulf Stream. In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck, Gulf Stream received contracts from FEMA worth more than $500 million to supply over 50,000 trailers for displaced residents of the Gulf Coast. FEMA failed by ignoring the dangers of formaldehyde and resisted testing. Gulf Stream's problem is different." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael McGeehin, Jim Shea, Ronald J. Fenech, Peter Liegl, Dan Burton, Tom Davis, Bill Sali, Mark E. Souder, Diane E. Watson, and Henry A. Waxman.
Serial No. 110-132
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