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Resource ID: #23985
Subject: Health
Source: ProPublica
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Date: 10/04/2008; 10/23/2008; 11/01/2008; 11/26/2008; 12/19/2008

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, people who moved into trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency almost immediately complained about the air quality in them. As complaints mounter, FEMA had an agent of the center for Disease Control conduct a test of the formaldehyde found inside the trailers. Joaquin Sapien explains why it took more than two years for the government to admit that formaldehyde levels in many of the trailers were high enough to increase the risk of caner and repiratory illnesses.

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