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ID:

520

Date:

2008-03-25

Headline:

Toxic Trailers Redux: When Did FEMA Know?

Reporter's name:

Deepa Fernandes

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Mother Jones

City:

Baker, LA

Summary:

Mother Jones reported that lawyers representing over 10,000 trailer residents in a suit against dozens of trailer manufacturers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used FOIA to obtain documents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which showed not only that it had tested trailers earlier than acknowledged, but also that exposure levels ranged up to six times higher than OSHA deemed safe for a workplace.

Notes:

The trailers have reappeared in Louisiana as housing for workers cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, reports the New York Times ("Banned Trailers Return for Latest Gulf Disaster," 7/1/10, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/us/01trailers.html). The trailers have also reappeared in transit to Native American reservations, reports the Associated Press ("ND tribal member questions FEMA Trailers," 6/29/10, http://kxnet.com/custom404.asp?404;http://kxnet.com/News/Dakota/595414.asp).

Keywords:

FEMA, OSHA, trailers, FEMA trailers, formaldehyde, Katrina, Hurricane Katrina, evacuees, refugees, Mississippi, Louisiana, Department of Health and Safety, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR

URL:

http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/investigations/envirohealth/1159/toxic_trailers_redux:__when_did_fema_know/


Agencies:

CDC
FEMA
OSHA

States:

LA
MS

Categories:

housing
hurricane Katrina
workplace safety


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