ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Message from Nick Shapiro with Public Lab: Public Lab is collaborating with researchers at Morphix Technologies, Ohio State University, University of Buffalo, and Syracuse University in an NSF-funded project to design a new extremely low-cost system for formaldehyde detection. We are hoping to design a system that is broadly accessible and of interest to people everywhere.Please help us design a better system by completing this survey, helping us ensure that what we develop will meet your needs. We’ll close the survey on January 31st. Thank you so much for your time! Our finished product should be available within a year and the coding on our badge analysis app will be openly licensed so that it can be applied to other environmental justice issues.
Monday, December 12, 2016
It looks like EverGreen RV has gone out of business. Does anyone have suggestions for a RV that doesn't have formaldehyde outgassing? See message below. We have to sell our 5 year old Winnebago because it is making my wife sick. She is suffering from at least 10 of these symptoms. Is there anyone out there today making a truly green trailer/5th wheel? I found a few, but they are all out of business. burning, stinging eyes wheezing, breathlessness nausea extreme fatigue/lethargy headache/migraine/vertigo/dizziness poor memory & concentration runny nose (rhinitis) sore throat, cough sinus problems skin rashes and/or itching skin sensitivity to light & noise sleeping problems digestive upset muscle & joint pain.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Read this blog by Tom Neltner with Environment Defense Fund for more information about how the new formaldehyde rule works: EPA Closes Loophole in California Rules for Formaldehyde in Wood Products By TOM NELTNER | Published: AUGUST 16, 2016 Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director On July 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a long-overdue final rule to protect people from formaldehyde off-gassing from composite wood products such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard. These products are commonly used to make furniture, cabinets, and flooring. Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) directed EPA to issue the rule and base it on the 2007 standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with a significant exception; EPA closed a loophole in CARB’s standards by extending them to cover laminated hardwood products. Such laminated products were the focus of the Lumber Liquidators controversy in 2014. EPA effectively threaded a needle between the legitimate interests of small furniture and cabinet manufacturers and the need to protect people from the risks posed by formaldehyde. The final rule includes changes from the proposed rule to address concerns that compliance would have been difficult for small businesses that glue a thin layer of wood veneer (a process called lamination) to composite boards that themselves comply with the rule. EPA concluded it needed to close CARB’s loophole when studies showed that laminating operations (which CARB had exempted) release formaldehyde in excess of the CARB emission standards. EPA’s rule gives laminators using most formaldehyde adhesives seven years to get into compliance. See the rest at http://blogs.edf.org/health/2016/08/16/epa-formaldehyde-rule/