ST. LOUIS — A Missouri regulatory agency says 13 former FEMA trailers in eastern Missouri have been banned for use as housing because their formaldehyde levels are too high.
Missouri Public Service Commission chairman Robert Clayton said Tuesday that the trailers were previously issued by the government as housing after Gulf Coast hurricanes.
But the trailers had high formaldehyde levels, and exposure to the chemical can carry an increased risk of cancer and respiratory illnesses, so the homes were supposed to be sold for scrap.
However, they resurfaced in Jefferson County where they were offered as housing in recent weeks. The commission says other FEMA trailers brought into Missouri for disaster relief are safe.