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Push to Send FEMA Trailers to Haiti Stirs Backlash

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Industry representatives and lawmakers are urging the U.S. to send thousands of trailers left over from Hurricane Katrina to earthquake-stricken Haiti even though some could be contaminated with formaldehyde.

The recreational-vehicle industry is worried that a U.S. government plan to auction off thousands of the trailers will depress RV sales in this country.

Critics and some Haitian citizens say the idea is a self-serving attempt to dump inferior American products on the poor.

The 100,000 trailers became a symbol of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's bungled response to Katrina after people who
lived in them following the 2005 storm became ill. Formaldehyde can cause breathing problems and is believed to cause cancer.

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