» This Story:Read +|Watch +| Comments

Formaldehyde: A Range of Standards

The World Health Organization classified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen in 2004. While the United States limits workplace exposure, it has never regulated indoor air quality. With no binding standard for homes, manufacturers say levels recommended by health agencies are too low and cite higher thresholds identified by housing regulators.

[Chart: Comparing U.S. agency standards against the formaldehyde levels found in FEMA trailers]

This Story
Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims
Article | Within days of Hurricane Katrina's landfall in August 2005, frantic officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency ordered nearly $2.7 billion worth of trailers and mobile homes to house the storm's victims, many of them using a single page of specifications.

Network News

X Profile
View More Activity
» This Story:Read +|Watch +| Comments
© 2008 The Washington Post Company