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Published:August 9th, 2007 05:46 EST
FEMA Continues To Address Formaldehyde Concerns

FEMA Continues To Address Formaldehyde Concerns

By SOP newswire

FEMA has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its assistance and expertise in conducting a public health assessment of indoor air quality in its temporary housing units. Although tests of air samples from travel trailers in the Gulf Coast have demonstrated that ventilating the units is effective in reducing levels of formaldehyde, the health and safety of residents is FEMA's primary concern and FEMA believes additional research is needed to address recently raised inquiries and concerns. (Read More)

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More FEMA "For the Record" on Formaldehyde

Contractor Payments in the Gulf

In recent news reports, FEMA has been criticized for delayed payments to contractors for their work in assisting Louisiana recover, specifically in parishes in and around the city of New Orleans. FEMA does not pay contractors directly. Instead, local parishes are the entities that hire and ultimately pay contractors for their work. Local governments that hire contractors and are seeking federal funds must follow all federal, state and local procurement practices. (Read More)