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Gov. calls for tests of FEMA trailers in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The governor's office is calling for tests of FEMA trailers in Cedar Rapids after a local TV station found high levels of formaldehyde.

KGAN-TV tested 20 trailers in Cedar Rapids used by residents displaced by June flooding. It found that six of the trailers had unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a preservative classified as a carcinogen.

In a letter sent to FEMA Administrator David Paulison, Gov. Chet Culver and Lt. Gov. Patty Judge requested that the government retest the 20 trailers and offer free tests to Iowans using 542 other FEMA trailers in Cedar Rapids and elsewhere in the state. They also asked FEMA to help residents if tests show unsafe levels of the chemical.

After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA was criticized for high levels of formaldehyde found in units in New Orleans.

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