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By Robert Charette April 2, 2008

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According to an Associated Press story on the Government Executive website, "Christopher De Rosa, a top scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's toxic substances agency, said his bosses told him that his warnings of a 'pending public health catastrophe' could be misinterpreted if publicly released." De Rosa was told to keep quiet about the high levels of formaldehyde gas found in FEMA trailers that Katrina victims were given.

"Misinterpreted," eh?

What, those poor folks living in trailers filled with formaldehyde gas and the public at large might actually think that the trailers were dangerous, when they weren't? Or was it that the trailers were dangerous, but neither the CDC or FEMA wanted anyone to know about the risks because it would be politically embarrassing?

Let's refresh some memories, shall we?

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