FEMA Formaldehyde Fiasco Festers

Last year John did a recipe of the week for optimizing formaldehyde exposure:

1. take small aluminum box;
2. fill with particleboard, composites, glues, carpet, luon plywood liner;
3. stuff tightly with jobless Katrina refugees with nowhere to go;
4. cook at high heat in southern sun until done.

FEMA was not happy with how it turned out, so they buried the critics' reviews and "ignored, hid and manipulated government research on the potential impact of long-term exposure to formaldehyde."

FEMA did not like this coming out in the news, so Carlos J. Castillo, Assistant Administrator FEMA Disaster Assistance Directorate, issued a statement to the press:

"Recently published conclusions that FEMA ignored, hid and manipulated information regarding formaldehyde are not true. FEMA has acted responsibly with the health and safety of disaster victims as a central theme in all we do.

FEMA is not a public health agency. Yet, when the health impact of formaldehyde in our temporary housing units arose, we immediately turned to the experts at the CDC (Center for Disease Control) for advice. CDC tested remediation methods and recommended residents properly ventilate their units. We provided detailed information directly to every resident....

We ceased deploying travel trailers and offered to repurchase any that had already been sold. We coordinated with CDC to conduct a nationally certified test of the formaldehyde levels in 500 travel trailers to better inform residents and decision makers. The results and recommendations will be communicated to residents and the public as quickly as we can."

Yesterday the CDC has come out with their recommendations: Get out. Fast.

"Tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on more than 500 trailers in Louisiana and Mississippi showed formaldehyde levels that were five times higher than levels in a normal house. The levels in some trailers were nearly 40 times what is normal.

The CDC said people should move out quickly — especially children, the elderly and anyone with asthma or another chronic condition. Warmer temperatures can increase formaldehyde levels, and CDC officials said they want residents to move out of the trailers before summer. "

FEMA to CDC, with whom they "coordinated to conduct a nationally certified test": Drop Dead.

FEMA will continue to distribute trailers to victims of last week's tornadoes and will not be "putting anything on hold."

[FEMA spokesman James] McIntyre said that, despite the CDC recommendations Thursday, FEMA would proceed with its plan to aid victims of last week's storms.

"There will be processes put in place to ensure safety," ::Associated Press

No word on what those processes might be. So who do you believe? FEMA or CDC?