FEMA: Mobile Homes for Storm Victims Now Undergoing Testing

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has begun testing on some of the mobile homes it has in storage in hopes of releasing them to victims of last month's tornadoes in Arkansas and Tennessee.

FEMA spokesman James McIntyre says testing began Wednesday night on trailers held in Portland, Oregon.  McIntyre says those trailers, intended for victims of flooding that swept through Oregon December 8, never reached their intended recipients as tests showed high levels of formaldehyde in some of the agency's mobile homes.

McIntyre says the test includes running the mobile home's air conditioning units for seven days, then taking samples on the eighth day to be analyzed.  He says trailers at Selma, Alabama, and Hope, Arkansas, would be tested soon.

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