13 former FEMA trailers in Missouri are contaminated

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 | 10:20 a.m. CST; updated 11:32 a.m. CST, Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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.


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Common Sense Cyclist March 3, 2009 | 2:57 p.m.

Has anyone tested the trailers used by Columbia Public Schools for classrooms? If trailers used from 2005 are considered contaminated, how many years have we been exposing our children and teachers to hazardous substances? I think its time we found out.

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