Senators ask FEMA for Help

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FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, received a letter from Senators Bill Nelson, D-Fl., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Jim Webb, D-Va., asking for rental assistance so victims of Chinese Drywall who can’t live in their home have shelter.

A response is expected by November 7

The letter says, “Families in our states are … watching their dream homes turn into nightmares,” the Senators wrote. “We believe it is important to marshal all appropriate Federal resources that may assist these families.”

FEMA normally provides such assistance in natural disasters but the Senators cite 2 cases where the agency provided help in non-natural disasters:

  • In 1980 Love Canal residence were relocated because of toxic waste dump. This case sparked the creation of the EPA’s federal Superfund.
  • In 1983, Dioxin contamination in Times Beach Montana forced families to relocate. Funds from the Superfund were transferred to help the residence.

The Senators represent the states hardest hit.  According to the CPSC, there were over 1,000 cases in Florida, 250 from Louisiana and 50 from Virginia.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate

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