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Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2007
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FEMA knew of formaldehyde in their trailers. Those are the same trailers which they provided to those who were struck by Hurricane Katrina. The question is How much must they suffer? There is enough formaldehyde in these trailers that he children inhabiting them could develop cancer. Some of those same children are already sick, but have nowhere else to go.
I think back to when FEMA refused to let those displaced by Katrina into those very same trailers. One might have to think that the reason they left 65,000 plus of these mobile homes vacant was because they knew of the substance's presence and the fact that there were more than legal amounts of it present for these children and their parents to breath. FEMA, once discovered that they had unoccupied trailers, finally let these people into them. It is very possible they weighed the bad publicity of using tainted trailers versus leaving them empty even though the latter was better than the former. Maybe they thought that no one would find out about the formaldehyde and the illness and possible cancer-related deaths they would create would simply remain a secret.
After all, appearances are everything to the Administration of Diminished Responsibility.
And what about CBS? They called their report about the poisonous trailers an "exclusive", yet waited at least two weeks to tell the American people about the memo they discovered. Were the suits at Black Rock so intent on firing their on air talent in, order to appease the likes of Reverend Al Sharpton, that they forgot to tell us about the memo? Or did they fail to mention it in April (or sooner?) in order to take advantage of the "Sweeps" month of May? I wonder.
The trailers are considered safe for weekend outings but, under the hot sun of the gulf coast, have become "human Petri dishes" and the children of the gulf coast are the guinea pigs. Formaldehyde is used in the construction of the trailers and the substance is released from the glue in the particle boards under the intense heat.
"Pretty much just the constant coughing. He would just — you could hear it, just in his chest."
-Angela Orcutt, Mother of young Nicky Orcutt, both residents of the FEMA trailers
But what about pre-existing conditions? Surely FEMA will want to know if that was a contributing factor. Just look at what David Paulison, FEMA’s director told CBS News:
"I don't know that the trailers are causing" any sickness.
-Paulison, a proud member of Bush's Administration of Diminished Responsibility
"Every one of them said, you know, we are living in a FEMA trailer. And not only that, but, you know, little Johnny wasn't having these problems before we moved into that trailer,"
-Dr. Scott Needle, a pediatrician in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Dr. Needle is treating dozens of stricken children, victims of Katrina and FEMA.
"It's the long-term carcinogen issue that really concerns me,"
The Gulf Stream Coach Company built these trailers quickly to make their FEMA deadline.
"Quality suffered dramatically because of the drive and pressure to put these trailers out,"
-Terry Sloan, a floor supervisor at Gulf Stream Coach's facility in Indiana
It sure did.
According to the manufacturer, the men and women who built these mobile homes had certain guidelines to follow as they were building them (see chart below). The one guideline which sticks out is the maximum exposure time they should stay in the trailer, per day: 480 minutes which translates to a mere eight hours in the dish. And those limits were made for adults!
|Activity||Physical Hazard or Chemical||Potential Injury||Control Type||Type of Training Required||Frequency and/or Duration of Exposure||Occupational Exposure Limit (If applicable)|
|Entering new trailers.mobile homes||Formaldehyde off gassing from building materials including plywood, crush-board, urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFA) etc. (new trailer)||Formaldehyde exposure - Inhalation - Cancer||Ventilation - PPE-respiratory protection - Rotation||Formaldehyde Awareness in accordance with OSHA 1910.1048||480 min/day||OSHA PEL - TWA 0.75 ppm - Action Level 0.5 ppm - ACGIH - Ceiling 0.3 ppm|
|From page 9 of Gulf Stream Coach's FEMA Job Hazard Analysis|
So we have to ask ourselves what this administration won't do for the sake of appearances? The world may never know.
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history,"
"I've always believed in separation of church and state, and so have all other presidents, I might say, except this one."
"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war...a radical departure from all previous administration policies,"
Carter, , criticized Bush has had "zero peace talks" in Israel. (Note: It was during Carter's Camp David accord that a lasting peace was - albeit a tenuous peace - was achieved between Anwar Sadat's Egypt and Menachem Begin's Israel. Sadat was assassinated for his efforts.)
The Bush administration "abandoned or directly refuted" every negotiated nuclear arms agreement, as well as environmental efforts by other presidents.
British prime minister Tony Blair's support of Bush is "Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient."
-President Jimmy Carter, a 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner
By the way, a related AOL poll has George W. Bush listed as a worse president than Jimmy Carter by nearly a two-to-one margin (62 percent to 38 percent).
-Forwarded and commented by Noah Greenberg
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