Congressman Oil Cleanup Workers Staying In Toxic Fema Trailers

07.02.10 | FL News Team

U.S. Congressman Edward Markey is trying to determine whether potentially contaminated FEMA trailers are being used to house workers involved with the oil cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.  The trailers were used to house victims of Hurricane Katrina, but were banned from long-term use after officials found that they contained dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.  Markey now believes the companies that bought the trailers from the federal government are putting oil cleanup crews at risk.

Markey's concern is in response to a story published in "The New York Times" Thursday about companies that have found a market for the FEMA trailers on the Gulf Coast.  The Massachusetts Democrat has written a letter to the government's General Services Administration asking for documentation on how the trailers were sold and who's making sure they are used properly.