FEMA Will Test Trailers at Residents' Request

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Residents of FEMA trailers who want their units tested for formaldehyde will have that opportunity. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it would open up the testing program to those living in federally supplied trailers and mobile homes along the Gulf Coast.

Trailer residents in federally declared disaster areas in other states also will be able to have their trailers tested. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fumes from 519 tested trailers and mobile homes in Louisiana and Mississippi were, on average, about five times what people are exposed to in most modern homes.

Formaldehyde is a preservative commonly used in construction materials. It can lead to breathing problems and is also believed to cause cancer.

FEMA says testing could begin as early as this coming week and will begin with residents on the Gulf Coast who have already requested testing.

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