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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

average formaldehyde levels off the chart

When ATSDR did a report for FEMA on the formaldehyde levels found in FEMA trailers, they said .3 ppm—the average level measured by EPA in FEMA trailers--was “below the level of concern.” Now they have changed their story. See what they are saying on their website:

ATSDR chose to compare the data from the sampling of unoccupied trailers to 0.3 parts of formaldehyde per million parts of air (ppm), based on scientific literature that has documented health effects from exposure to formaldehyde at that level. The 0.3 ppm is the level at which symptoms are clearly observed. This level is higher than the level that would be considered acceptable for families to live in. In its Toxicological Profile about formaldehyde, ATSDR provides minimal risk levels (MRLs) for exposures to formaldehyde. At or below the MRL a person exposed to a hazardous substance would not usually experience symptoms. These levels are 0.04 ppm of formaldehyde for 1 to 14 days of continuous exposure, 0.03 ppm of formaldehyde for up to 365 days of continuous exposure, and 0.008 ppm of formaldehyde for longer than 1 year. These MRL’s include safety factors designed to protect sensitive populations, such as small children. A range of health effects linked with formaldehyde and other information about formaldehyde can be found at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp111.html.

Information on FEMA trailers and formaldehyde is available on the CDC website at:
http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FEMAtrailers/