NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Scientists say particleboard appears to be a
main source of potentially harmful fumes in the government-issued
trailers that have housed thousands of Gulf Coast storm victims.
A study released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention recommends using different building
materials to produce emergency housing for the Federal Emergency
Tests ordered by the CDC looked at formaldehyde emissions in the
walls, floors, ceilings, tables and cabinets in four FEMA trailers
that weren't occupied by hurricane victims.
Formaldehyde is a preservative commonly used in construction
materials that can cause breathing problems and also is believed to
Government scientists also tested the air quality inside
hundreds of FEMA trailers and mobile homes occupied by victims of
Hurricane Katrina. In February, the CDC said those tests detected
potentially dangerous levels of formaldehyde in many units.
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