Companies that manufactured mobile homes for FEMA after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay $2.6 million to resolve thousands of claims that the temporary shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially dangerous fumes. The Plaintiffs and about two dozen mobile home makers and their subsidiaries have asked a federal judge in New Orleans to approve the proposed class-action settlement.
If approved, the settlement will benefit several thousand families who lived in the temporary shelters and contend they were exposed to dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The chemical commonly found in building materials can cause breathing problems and is classified as a carcinogen. It should be noted that the settlement doesn’t involve claims of residents who lived in FEMA travel trailers, which housed the majority of storm victims.
Source: Associated Press
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