From KATC TV 3:
KENNER, La. -- A Louisiana congressman on Thursday called for House hearings on the government's response to formaldehyde fumes that have cropped up in travel trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to storm victims.
Earlier this month, FEMA dismissed findings by environmentalists that the trailers pose serious health risks. FEMA said the fumes could be reduced by opening vents and windows. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Kenner, sent a letter to the House leadership calling for congressional hearings on the issue, saying he was "astonished" by reports of dangerous levels of formaldehyde in the trailers. Jindal said FEMA's advice on how to handle the problem was unacceptable, especially in the heat and humidity of the Gulf Coast.
"Further, case studies show that even if residents followed FEMA's guidelines on appropriate ventilation of trailers, high levels of formaldehyde can remain," Jindal said.
FEMA has said that its trailers conform to industry standards and that the agency has found no reason to question the safety of the trailers.