Tainted Trailers For Sale

FEMA acknowledges that besides formaldehyde, the trailer units it bought for Hurricane Katrina victims may also contain mold, mildew and propane gas leaks.

In an article on the Washington Post website, Spencer S. Hsu says the federal government has agreed to sell off the units – cheap – in a giant auction. The decision “has triggered a new round of charges that it is endangering future buyers for years to come,” Hsu writes.

Environmentalists and consumer advocates fear that if the trailers are re-sold, unscrupulous sellers could remove the stickers that warn occupants not to use the trailers as housing. Meanwhile, FEMA intends to proceed with the sale. Congress has complained that the government has spent $220 million over three years to store vacant units, says the article.

To read the article, click here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/12/AR2010031202213

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