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, July 18, 2007

Congressional hearings on formaldehyde in FEMA trailers

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Committee to Hold Hearing Probing Toxic FEMA Trailers
On Thursday, July 19, Chairman Waxman will hold a hearing investigating formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers provided for victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes and FEMA’s response to these reports. The Committee will hear from current residents occupying FEMA trailers, experts who are familiar with the chemical formaldehyde, the manufacturers of FEMA trailers, and from FEMA itself.
Formaldehyde is a chemical used in paint and adhesives, and is classified as a “known carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research. The high levels of formaldehyde found in these FEMA issued trailers and FEMA’s response raise serious public health concerns. As a result displaced residents continue to live in unhealthy environments.

The following witnesses will testify:

Dr. Scott Needle, Pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics
Ms. Mary DeVany, Industrial Hygienist, DeVany Industrial Consultants
Mr. Paul Stewart, Travel Trailer Occupant, December 2005-March 2006
Mrs. Lindsay Huckabee, Mobile Home Occupant, December 2005-Current
Mr. James Harris, Jr., Travel Trailer Occupant, April 2006-Current
Mr. R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency