Saturday, October 25, 2008


Our law firm’s investigation has determined that FEMA deliberately ignored and tried to conceal the problems with toxic FEMA trailers. E-mails uncovered during a 2007 congressional investigation into the trailers showed that FEMA lawyers told the agency to drag its feet on air quality testing. FEMA’s Office of General Council also advised the agency not to test the trailers because doing so “would imply FEMA’s ownership of the issue”. One email from a FEMA lawyer advised, “Do not initiate any testing until we give the OK… Once you get the results…the clock is running on our duty to respond to them.” Another FEMA lawyer wrote in an email that investigations not approved by lawyers “could seriously undermine the Agency’s position.”

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