About ToxicTrailers.com

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, May 30, 2007

FEMA trailers amount to "gas chambers"

Check out this letter to the editor!

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Gaseous FEMA trailers

Just when you thought that the FEMA epidemic could not have gotten any worse, we have new evidence that this organized criminal activity has been and continues to house the Katrina victims in gas chambers of slow death. The trailers provided by FEMA are saturated with formaldehyde. The effects of this chemical warfare against these citizens by FEMA have been well documented and the FEMA inspectors have been warned not to talk about it or there will be consequences.
As with the war in Iraq, this Republican administration will not recognize the reality of how bad things are. They will only point to the 90,000 trailers (gas chambers) that have been provided. It is believed that if President Bush and Laura were allowed the privilege of vacationing in one of those trailers at the taxpayers' expense, things just possibly might change.

Roy Humphreys
Rowland Heights

Thursday, May 24, 2007

possible remedy to remove formaldehyde?

Folks: I have had many people ask what they can do to rid their trailer of formaldehyde. I can't recommend the vendor below but am passing along the info because it is so very frustrating just pointing out a problem without steering people to possible remedies. If anyone tries this and it works, please let me know. We know that houseplants can remove formaldehyde from the indoor air but some tests we have done show they aren't enough to reduce the formaldehyde to safe levels.


Information on ServiceAccess and treatment for formaldehyde.

ServiceAccess may be reached at info@serviceaccess.com or 866-981-8201. We provide a service to rid trailers of formaldehyde through licensed and insured applicators. The service requires access for twenty four hours as the trailer must be vacant with air circulation. We aerate the trailer upon completion of the treatment and test for formaldehyde prior to clearing for occupancy. Cost is dependent on size of trailer. Some absorbant materials must be removed prior to treatment.

problem not just with FEMA trailers

Hi Becky,

I have been watching the news with the formaldehyde issue very closely,and I do not believe the problem exists with Fema trailers only. In fact ,I think the problem is more wide spread then has been told. We purchased a travel trailer (it was made the same time the fema trailers were) and delivered to us in May of 2006.We stayed in it for a couple of days and my daughter had a very bad rash which lasted for 21 days,and I had throat/eyes/sinus problems. She went to the ER,and we went home for a couple of weeks.

After the rash finally went away,we returned to the trailer and the smell was so bad!!! That's when I realized it was the trailer was making us sick. To make a long story short,the trailer company told the place we bought it to send out a environmental person.She misunderstood and in turn sent someone with an ozone machine for three days, which made things worse and ruined our carpet.

We ended up having an industrial hygenist test the air for formaldehyde (the trailer manufacturer suggested this) and it was .50 to .75ppm. I have to assume the trailer company knew about the formaldehyde and that's why they suggested a formaldehyde test.Even the guy who came to inspect the trailer stated it was probably the paneling in the wall.In his report he states he smells formaldehyde!!!!

We still have been experiencing some health problems like getting out of breath and have had sinus problems and fatigue since this summer.Fortunately we were only exposed for about two months?

My heart truely goes out to the people still staying in these toxic trailers,they need to get out!!!!!! No amount of airing out the trailers will get that chemical smell out. Trust me,I tried "airing out" my trailer out in 95 degree weather.
It only made it worse. I tried vinegar, hepa filter, fans, even with cooler weather the smell was still there. I have a tote in my garage of items wrapped in newspaper from the trailer that wreaks just like the trailer and that was 9 months ago. Most of our things are ruined.

They need to wake up and be honest and get these poor people out of those trailers before any more damage occurs to their health!!!!!!!

Here's our problem now. We don't know what doctor to go to to get tests,the doctors around here say they have no experience with formaldehyde,and couldn't really help us, with what tests to get to see if we are okay from the exposure. The trailer manufacturer has suggested a doctor, but I am assuming if we have no problems that are considered bad enough for them right now,they will expect us to sign away our health rights then,and GO AWAY.

I just wonder how many other people have done this already,surely we cannot be the only other people experiencing this problem!!!! The scarriest thing to me is,my daughter's pediatrician stated there are several blood disorders which could take several years to develop. Someone should be held accountable!!! Especially since they list cancer as a potential job injury just for entering new FEMA trailers, not staying in them 24/7.

The trailer manufacturer is basically holding us hostage. They will not give us our money back for the trailer,unless we sign away our health rights and release them from any further/future problems. We believe our health and the defective trailer are two seperate issues. People should not have to sign off on their health to a get defective trailer taken care of !!! We can not sell this trailer because it is UNSAFE. Only unless we sign away our health rights, will they give us our money back for the trailer. So our formaldehyde trailer is sitting empty at our campground with the new season starting without us.We had to pay for the seasonal site since we have the trailer on it.

If we camp at all,we will be forced to get an older travel trailer to use because now, none of us can tolerate even slightest smell of formaldehyde,and also because we cannot afford to purchase a new one because we are still making payments on the one sitting there. I know this is nothing compared to what the people in FEMA trailers are going through but I am so frustrated!!!!!!!!!

Do you by any chance know of any other travel trailers besides FEMA that have had formaldehyde issues? Did the people in Lousiana get new trailers when had formaldehyde problems or are they still in the same trailers that caused their problems? Where they asked to sign away their health rights to receive another travel trailer? If you or anyone you know may be able to help us somehow I'd GREATLY appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank-you for taking the time to read this very long letter, Sincerely,SUE

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

info on class action lawsuit...

According to Prime Newswire on May 18, Parker Waichman Alonso Mark LLP, Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., Law Offices of Daniel E. Becnel, Jr. and the Law Offices of Ronnie G. Penton of New Orleans have filed a class action lawsuit against the private contractors as well as the federal government on behalf of multiple individuals who sustained serious pulmonary injuries as a result of being exposed to formaldehyde while living in a trailer home provided by FEMA due to having been rendered homeless as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The case was filed in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana (Docket number 07-2961).

Prime Newswire said this suit alleges that persons who spent significant time in the FEMA provided housing units have been exposed to dangerously high concentrations of formaldehyde fumes and sustained serious injuries as a result of this exposure. The law firms said they been contacted by hundreds of people who were provided with trailer homes by FEMA and who are now suffering symptoms consistent with formaldehyde exposure.

If you or a loved one believe you may have been exposed to any toxic chemical while residing in a FEMA house trailer, please contact their office by visiting the Website at www.toxicfematrailer.com or www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/toxic_fema_trailers . Free case evaluations are also available by calling Parker Waichman Alonso Mark LLP at 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Congress demanding answers

In case anyone would like to take a look, the Oversight Committee sent a letter to FEMA last Tuesday, reiterating prior requests that the Committee made. The letter explained that compulsory process would be implemented if documents were not provided by May 29, 2007. I have included a link below.



Erik C. Jones
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
(202) 225-4407

NOTE: The oversight committee months ago requested information from FEMA about the problem with formadelhdye in FEMA trailers, but FEMA has withheld key data.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

CBS Evening News reveals FEMA knew about problem

CBS Evening News once again had a lead story on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers last night (Friday, May 18). See link on the right for details about how internal documents show FEMA knew more than a year ago that many of the trailers have excessive levels of formaldehyde. FEMA testing showed 20 or 28 trailers exceeded the .1 ppm limit, with a couple being ten times over the limit. The show also has Sen. Mary Landrieu calling for a Congressional investigation and saying, "This takes the cake. Now people living in the trailers have to worry if their children are breathing fumes that could cancer or some other disease."

Thursday, May 17, 2007

CBS Evening News does expose on formaldehyde problem

CBS Evening News had a very hard hitting investigative report on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers last night. (The link to this story is under Toxic Trailer News to the right). The report included information from a whistleblower at the Gulf Stream Coach factory who said his crew worked at a breakneck pace for months, which, he says, forced the company to use cheaper wood products. “Quality suffered dramatically because of the drive and pressure to put these trailers out,” the worker said.

Another important new revelation from the report is that FEMA’s job description for trailer technicians says under the "Physical Hazard" for those entering a new trailer it says, "Formaldehyde off gassing..." The potential injury: Cancer.

CBS said: Why is this important? Because it offers a clarification to anyone wanting to take on the job of inspecting FEMA travel trailers during an 8-hour workday. FEMA has not offered the same clarification to the residents of trailers who have lived in those trailers for the past 21 months. The elderly and young children who are most susceptible to the effects of formaldehyde fumes often stay in the trailers 24/7 trying to escape the heat and humidity of the Gulf.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

What is that SMELL?

FEMA Director Paulison discussing accountability of Toxic Trailers.

"Paulison told reporters he was aware some trailers and mobile homes have high levels of formaldehyde gas. But he said it is the responsibility of hurricane victims to rid themselves of the danger."

What is that SMELL?
Word of the day:

The noxious emission released by FEMA officials as they scurry from the light of accountability to justify their follies and self-serving enterprises.


Note: This quote above comes from an article in the Clarion Ledger today. View the article at http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007705160367.

Monday, May 7, 2007

What are they smoking at FEMA?

Good grief--how do you increase ventilation, at the same time keeping indoor temperaturs low, and keeping humidity low without the A/C on, on the MS Gulf Coast in the summertime.

Sounds like useless information to me.

What are they smoking up there at FEMA?


FEMA's tests show VERY HIGH formaldehyde levels

After stalling for six months FEMA has finally released the results of their testing of formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers. There were even higher levels of formaldehyde in these new, unused trailers than we found in our Sierra Club tests. What is shocking is how high the levels started out! 1.2 ppm is enough to pickle you quick.
EPA and the American Lung Association recommend a limit of .1 ppm. So the average of .3 ppm found in FEMA’s testing is cause for alarm. At that high a level, people have trouble staying in the camper because of burning eyes and throat and chest irritation. We just tested a family whose FEMA trailer came in at that level and they have spent over $700 on medical bills.
FEMA should immediately provide air purification systems to EACH FAMILY still living in these toxic trailers. Ventilation isn’t the answer…

FEMA Study: Ventilating Travel Trailers Can Significantly Reduce Formaldehyde Emission Levels
Release Date: May 4, 2007
Release Number: HQ-07-061

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today that its study of air samples collected from travel trailers in the Gulf shows that formaldehyde emission levels in the units can be significantly reduced through adequate ventilation.
FEMA initiated the study in response to concerns expressed about formaldehyde in the trailers and because of the high number of the units used as temporary housing following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The objective of the study was to validate the most effective measures for lowering formaldehyde concentrations in travel trailers.

…According to the evaluation report provided to FEMA by ATSDR, the average concentration of formaldehyde per day in the units using open window ventilation dropped below 0.3 ppm after four days of ventilation and remained low for the rest of the test period. Average, per-day levels in the test group of trailers using air conditioning only with one open static vent in the bathroom remained above 0.3 ppm for all but two days of the test period. The level for health concerns for sensitive individuals was referenced by ATSDR at 0.3 ppm and above.

For the entire FEMA press release, go to http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=36010

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Thought of the Day:




TOXIC TRAILER public information that would look great on a TEE.


Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Toxic Trailers on Dan Rather Reports!

There was an excellent Dan Rather Reports special on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers last night.


Here is the viewing schedule:

Date Time Description Wed., May. 2nd 7:00 PM ET Toxic Trailers - Some of the thousands of people along the Gulf Coast still living in travel trailers say formaldehyde used to build the campers is making them sick.
Toxic Trailers Sun., May. 6th 7:00 PM ET Toxic Trailers

A second episode on this subject will air Tue., May. 8th 8:00 PM ET

The show was very hard hitting, and Rather ended it with the questions about FEMA and their lack of response. You can almost smell the corruption through the TV set, a lot like the formaldehyde that is permeating the land.

Also very significant is that we had the first airing of a news program that reveals this isn’t just a problem with FEMA trailers. Go to http://www.wlox.com/, and click on A.J. Giardina reports on formaldehyde found in couple’s RV. This is the story of Marvin Motes who purchased an RV a year ago that tested more than four times over the limit for formaldehyde. He has been unable to get the dealership (which hung up on the reporter) or the manufacturer to do anything about it. The story quotes another RV dealer as saying this is a common problem in the industry and something they are working on.