The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has had plenty of practice at optimizing formaldehyde exposure for hurricane victims. Like the Daleks of BBCs "Dr. Who" series, they are prepared to constantly recycle the anti-humanitarian gesture.
The government may house disaster victims in trailers this hurricane season as a last resort, despite promises never to use them again because of high levels of formaldehyde found in trailers used after the Katrina catastrophe.Evacuated "Family Units" must enter boxes glued with large volumes of toxic resin. Attack. Attack! This time there is a sign of reality sinking in. Dr Who has selected TARDIS coordinates right where the next hurricane will make landfall, and he has seemingly been spreading Tree Hugger corruption at FEMA HQ.
For the 2008 season, FEMA is also prepared to use "Katrina Cottages," which are small houses, slightly larger than a trailer, as well as mobile homes and park models. The agency is testing other alternatives and will draw up contracts to purchase additional units once officials decide which models to use.Hope exists across time. Good job Doctor.
You think we are full of SciFi hyperbole don't you? Read this: from World Health Organization (WHO), June 2004.
"Twenty-six scientists from 10 countries evaluated the available evidence on the carcinogenicity of formaldehyde, a widely used chemical", reports Dr Peter Boyle, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization. The working group, convened by the IARC Monographs Programme, concluded that formaldehyde is carcinogenic to humans. Previous evaluations, based on the smaller number of studies available at that time, had concluded that formaldehyde was probably carcinogenic to humans, but new information from studies of persons exposed to formaldehyde has increased the overall weight of the evidence.You will recall that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans at the end of August 2005, over a year following the WHO news release.
Not that we expected FEMA to pay attention to a Dr. at WHO.
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