Sunday :: Jul 22, 2007

Let them Breathe Formaldehyde


by soccerdad

As if we needed further evidence that Bush and his gang of thugs don't care about anything other than their own power and wallets, we now find out that FEMA let the people from New Orleans who have been living in trailers to breathe 75 times the allowed concentration of Formaldehyde.

From Friday's WaPo

The Federal Emergency Management Agency since early 2006 has suppressed warnings from its own field workers about health problems experienced by hurricane victims living in government-provided trailers with levels of a toxic chemical 75 times the recommended maximum for U.S. workers, congressional lawmakers said yesterday.

A trail of e-mails obtained by investigators shows that the agency's lawyers rejected a proposal for systematic testing of the levels of potentially cancer-causing formaldehyde gas in the trailers, out of concern that the agency would be legally liable for any hazards or health problems. As many as 120,000 families displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita lived in the suspect trailers, and hundreds have complained of ill effects.

Well you can't be liable if you refuse to know about it.

... the agency's Office of General Counsel "has advised that we do not do testing, which would imply FEMA's ownership of this issue." A FEMA lawyer, Patrick Preston, wrote on June 15: "Do not initiate any testing until we give the OK. . . . Once you get results and should they indicate some problem, the clock is running on our duty to respond to them."

And after one man died in his trailer, FEMA lawyers did not want to investigate or test the air because it "could seriously undermine the Agency's position" in litigation.

But not to worry they are going to unload the trailers at auction to dealers who will then sell them to an unsuspecting public link.

Hey, its no big deal. The people living in the trailers are just poor and or minorities and, therefore, according to this administration not real people deserving of any consideration.

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