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ToxicTrailers.com is dedicated to providing information about formaldehyde poisoning, and advocating effective government regulations. The government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with hazardous levels of formaldehyde, and then dumped more than 103,000 former FEMA trailers known to be toxic on the market. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Lumber Liquidators flooring emits formaldehyde 100 times higher than CA standards

These recent tests show that total lack of enforcement of formaldehyde standards in the U.S. It is too bad that the only thing that seems to make manufacturers do the right thing is lawsuits like this. Global Community Monitor: Lumber Liquidators flooring emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde Lawsuit: Products from Chinese factories emit toxic gas in excess of 100 times CA standards OAKLAND, Calif., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In the latest environmental black eye for Lumber Liquidators, independent lab tests show that Chinese-made flooring sold by the chain emits formaldehyde at levels far above the level requiring cancer warnings under California law, according to a lawsuit filed today by Global Community Monitor. Lumber Liquidators LL +0.15% claims on its websitethat all of its flooring comes from mills certified as compliant with California's standards for formaldehyde. Plaintiffs conducted more than 50 tests of Lumber Liquidators' Chinese-made laminate flooring, using a variety of different testing methods and sample batches. Test results showed average initial formaldehyde exposures over 100 times above the amount allowed to be sold without a warning label under Proposition 65, California's main toxics law. Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in the glue used in laminate flooring and other pressed-wood products, including those sold by Lumber Liquidators. During and after installation, it is released as a gas that causes burning eyes, nose and throat irritation, coughing, headaches, dizziness, joint pain and nausea. At long-term exposure, formaldehyde is listed as a known cause of cancer in humans by both the federal government and the State of California. Proposition 65 requires products containing chemicals that cause cancer to carry a warning label if the levels exceed the so-called "safe harbor" level. But none of the Lumber Liquidators samples tested had a warning label on the box, none of the stores where samples were purchased had a Proposition 65 warning, and no warnings were provided at the time of purchase over the internet. "The levels of formaldehyde our tests found in Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring are astounding and alarming," said Denny Larson, executive director of Global Community Monitor . "It's unconscionable that Lumber Liquidators would sell this product to customers to install in their homes without informing families of the potential health risks involved, especially since they make a point of bragging about how environmentally safe it is." http://www.marketwatch.com/story/global-community-monitor-lumber-liquidators-flooring-emits-hazardous-levels-of-formaldehyde-2014-07-23

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