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Capitol Health Call
March 12, 2008

FEMA and Formaldehyde

JAMA. 2008;299(10):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.299.10.1124-b

High levels of formaldehyde, which pose potential health risks, were found by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the trailers housing provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for those left homeless by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. FEMA said at a joint press conference with the CDC on February 14 that it would find alternative housing for the trailer tenants.

FEMA's announcement came 2 weeks after Reps Brad Miller (D, NC) and Nick Lampson (D, Tex) accused the agency of trying to manipulate a health guidance report to downplay potential cancer risks posed by formaldehyde in the trailers.

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