How serious of a threat to public health does FEMA consider formaldehyde exposure to be?
FEMA is not a health or science agency and has, therefore, consulted with the federal agencies and offices that do have the medical jurisdiction and science technology to properly test, evaluate and provide the proper conclusions on the effects of formaldehyde on citizens living in FEMA-provided travel trailers. Those agencies include the DHS OHA, EPA, CDC and all of its sub-agencies as well as with state health officials. FEMA neither sets health standards nor has the expertise or capability to monitor health issues. Therefore, the agency will follow the recommendations of those agencies that do have the responsibilities for determining the effects of exposure to formaldehyde under specific conditions.
- Has FEMA changed any policies with regard to acceptable formaldehyde levels in travel trailers since Gulf Coast residents started complaining about exposure?
- What did FEMA do initially to address complaints about formaldehyde emissions in travel trailers?
- Is the current public health message on UV exposure correct?