Cheap Wood Caused Toxic FEMA Trailers: Study

Law360, New York (July 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Shoddy construction materials, poor ventilation and lax government regulation were probably the cause of dangerously high formaldehyde levels in mobile homes provided to evacuees from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 along the Gulf Coast, according to a federal study released Wednesday.

The central finding of the study, conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, was that even though individual parts of the trailers contained formaldehyde below federally regulated levels, the combined formaldehyde level rose between four and 11 times higher than allowed.

“This detailed analysis...
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