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Group wants FEMA to stop selling or donating travel trailers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it'll continue to sell or donate surplus Hurricane Katrina trailers.

That's despite the possibility of high formaldehyde levels in the dwellings. FEMA spokesman Aaron Walker said potential buyers and recipients will be fully advised of the concerns regarding formaldehyde levels in travel trailers.

A Mississippi environmental group wants the practice to end until there is evidence from testing showing there's no formaldehyde threat. Health officials say prolonged exposure to the chemical can cause respiratory and other problems.

Becky Gillette of the Mississippi chapter of the Sierra Club said each trailer needs to be tested before being distributed. If it comes in over the limit, Gillette said it shouldn't be sold or given away until the formaldehyde is remediated.

Gillette says her group is now working with the Texas Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to test trailers that agency got from FEMA.

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