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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pregnant women exposed to excess formaldehyde levels

Very interesting article here that shows pregnant women (and their very vulnerable babies) studied are being exposed to unsafe levels of formaldehyde! http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-professor-pregnant-women-formaldehyde-exposure.html

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Formaldehyde laced showers in W. Va.

This will sound familiar to the people who lived in FEMA trailers. In West Va. where hundreds of thousands of people are being exposed to formaldehyde vapors while showering because of a chemical spill in the drinking water, the government says the water is safe for everyone except pregnant women. LA Times reports: "I can guarantee you that citizens in this valley are, at least in some instances, breathing formaldehyde,’’ Scott Simonton, a Marshall University environmental scientist and member of a state water quality board, told a legislative committee in Charleston on Wednesday. "It’s frightening, it’s really frightening," Simonton told the panel. He said he and his family are not drinking or cooking with the water, even though state and federal authorities have declared it safe for all uses. ...Formaldehyde is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a likely human carcinogen that has caused cancer in animals. The EPA says the colorless, pungent gas can cause burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea and breathing difficulties in exposure to elevated levels, defined as above 0.1 parts per million. It can also trigger several allergic reactions. ..."The problem is, we’re seeing it in water,’’ Simonton said in remarks first reported by the Charleston Gazette. "We don’t know what the concentration is in the air.’’ According to Simonton, methanol in the chemical that spilled into the water supply, 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol, or MCHM, can break down into formaldehyde. "This stuff is breaking down into formaldehyde in the shower or in the water system, and they’re inhaling it,’’ Simonton said of some of the 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia counties told not to use their tap water in the days after the spill. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-west-va-chemical-spill-20140129,0,4877251.story#ixzz2ruhoyQHE

Friday, November 8, 2013

Formaldehyde lawsuit settlement checks

This is very odd! The settlement checks on the lawsuit are a joke. But the settlement wasn’t with FEMA so why is the Better Business Bureau telling people to check with FEMA? http://www.wwltv.com/news/FEMA-sends-extra-settlement-checks-to-plaintiffs-in-formaldehyde-suit-230909371.html NEW ORLEANS -- Debra Coleman was among tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents who joined class action lawsuits against manufacturers of FEMA trailers delivered in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The plaintiffs claimed dangerous levels of formaldehyde caused health complications. Coleman said she and her husband spent more than a year in a FEMA trailer as they rebuilt their Gentilly home. "I had asthma and it would get worse in the trailer. My husband would get headaches. His nose would run in that trailer," said Coleman. The manufacturers eventually settled. Many of the plaintiffs recently received their settlement checks. Coleman's check arrived last Friday. The amount was $33.02 "I'm not disputing that," Coleman said. "I know it was a class action thing and the lawyers were going to get a lot of the money." The concern Coleman has is the second batch of settlement checks she and her husband received. The information appeared to be correct -- the same dollar amount, the same address, the same first name. But the last names were wrong. "I'm Debra Coleman. The second check was to Debra MacDonald. My husband got his check. The first one was to him, Clarence Coleman. But the second one was to a Clarence McDaniel," said Coleman. She said she deposited the check made out to her with no issue but was unsure of what to do with the second round of checks she and her husband received. She tried calling the phone number on the back of the check but says she got no reply. Coleman said she knows of at least a dozen other people who joined the class action lawsuit who also received two checks. "It's rather odd that they would receive a second check with the wrong last name. Something is going on here obviously," said Cynthia Albert of the Better Business Bureau. Albert said she's unsure if the multiple issuing of checks is an administrative mistake or part of a scam. Fake checking scams, she said, are fairly common but often entail much larger amounts of money. While the checks involved may seem insignificant, Albert said possible mistakes on a mass scale can add up. "That could be a tremendous amount of money, and that's why I think anybody receiving something like this should report it immediately," said Albert. The Better Business Bureau urges people to call FEMA directly to report issues with settlement checks. It also reminds people to avoid giving out personal information when dealing with unknown entities. FEMA did not respond to request for comment.