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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.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

What brands of trailers are testing high?

I'm writing you from a Public Library's Reference Desk. I thought you might be able to help us out with a question. A patron recently asked us which 13 RV models used by FEMA did the Sierra club test when reporting on potential formaldehyde exposure hazards to FEMA trailer occupants.

Could you give us a quick list of the make and models the Sierra Club tested? We've looked all over without any luck.

Thanks for your time

Response: I'm not sure there were only 13 models purchased by FEMA. I heard 19 from FEMA at one point. I can tell you that we tested 13 different models and all had at least one test that was over the limit. Our testing suggests the problem is widespread in the RV industry. And we have done some more testing recently that shows this is still a bad problem with some tests coming in nearly four times over the limit in campers that have been in use for more than a year. Eight out of nine test results we have in so far are over the limit. The highest test results are coming in campers where the problem is so obvious that people’s eyes burn after being in the camper for a little while. People are also having bad problems with mold.

I would suggest telling your patron that if they are experiencing any of the symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning, call the FEMA maintenance number, 1-866-877-6075, and request a formaldehyde test. I'm not sure about Louisiana, but here in Mississippi they are now testing when people request it. If tests are high FEMA claims it is replacing the housing.

Thanks! Becky