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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.

Monday, August 6, 2007

manufacturers should be held accountable

(NOTE: The following blog is in response to the Miami Herald column (click on right under news) Heck of a job FEMA by Leonard Pitts.

Mr Pitts,

I am an avid reader of your columns and for the most part I have to agree with your opinions. The article (which I am in total agreement with) missed another target by a mile. That Target would be the wonderful folks that actually manufactured these "Toxic Tin Cans". I am one of the unfortunate people that actually enjoyed owning a Camper Trailer. I bought one in March 2006. I bought a new one and mine is quite a bit more expensive than the "no frills" trailers that FEMA provided. And one thing really struck a nerve in your article - Morality. The people that manufactures these trailers have (if possible) less Morality than FEMA.

As for the exposure - you cannot imagine how bad breathing Formaldehyde gas is. My camper tested higher than any of the FEMA trailers that the local Sierra Club tested. Mine came tested at .42ppm - the EPA recommends .1ppm as the maximum level to be exposed to. Oh yes, the EPA or no other agency regulates standards of indoor air quality for an RV. I have lots of correspondence regarding my camper and it's contamination. The Manufacturer stated in the last letter I received from them that "formaldehyde is not a warrantable defect".

I urge you to use the power of the press to do another follow-up story on this subject and also give the Trailer Manufacturers their credits.

Very Respectfully,

Marvin C. Motes
16500 Lake Dr. W.
Vancleave, MS 39565