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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 4becky@cox.net.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

FEMA won't release test results

On Jan. 29, 2007, I made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to FEMA to release the results of the EPA testing of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers that was conducted back in October of 2006. FEMA has consistently refused to release the results of this testing, all that while claiming that only a very small number of FEMA trailers have the problem with formaldehyde outgassing.

I got a reply back in early February stating that I was number 226 in line to have my FOIA request answered. FEMA said it normally has 20 days to answer FOIA requests but under ‘unusual circumstances’, can extend the 20-day time limit. After 40 days I contacted FEMA again and was told that I was now 198 in line to have my FOIA request answered.

At this rate, it will be a year before FEMA discloses the results of the testing!

This agency not only believes it is above the law and doesn’t have to answer FOIA requests in a timely manner. It is also guilty of placing thousands of families in unsafe emergency housing. If the EPA testing showed the formaldehyde wasn’t a problem in most trailers, FEMA would have released it long ago.

Becky Gillette