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.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

FEMA has used taxpayers to harm people

How many slumlords are replacing the walls of rundown houses with poisoned panels???

This FEMA thing has opened up a whole new can of worms.

How many so called new homes are being built with this kind of material???

Time for the Human race to take stock.

Let us put spot inspectors on all products.

You can't put a value on human life.

Don't think there is not evil among us.

I am not in a very good mood so far as the way FEMA has used the taxpayers. They are probably responsible for all or at least part of my illness including my cancer.

People of the Earth need to realize what is going on with their lives. Thanks to Becky Gillette and the Sierra Club for causing us to see.

Mickey Kizziah
1860 Beach Blvd., Lot # 8
Biloxi MS 39531
mkkizziah@megagate.com or mkkizziah@hotmail.com
ph. 228-383-2672

Friday, December 14, 2007

More testing isn't the answer...

FEMA\CDC announced yesterday they will FINALLY begin the testing of FEMA trailers for formaldehyde that was promised last summer in a congressional hearing. See the Native Times article dated 12-13-07 under toxic trailers news.

Testing done by Sierra Club, testing done by EPA and testing done by attorneys involved in lawsuits regarding formaldehyde all show that formaldehyde is a serious problem in nearly all of the units. That includes mobile homes as well as RVs. Instead of another round of testing, FEMA needs to immediately purchase some formaldehyde free emergency housing. That type of housing is available. Since the problem has already been well established, why is FEMA being so slow to act to replenish the stock of housing needed for emergencies from manufacturers willing to use building materials that don’t make people sick?

Another issue is remediation. With FEMA having purchased more than $1 billion worth of these campers, it should be joining with the CDC to evaluate various remediation tools for reducing formaldehyde to safe levels. Unfortunately, on the Gulf Coast very little affordable housing has been rebuilt due to costly requirement to elevate homes out of the flood zone combined with killer insurance rates. Many thousands of people simply don’t have any other option than the FEMA housing that has been provided to them. FEMA and CDC need to evaluate the different types of techniques to reduce formaldehyde to see if this could be a cost effective solution to the problem.

Also, it is troubling that FEMA\CDC have decided to undertake this testing at the time of year when formaldehyde emissions would be expected to be at their lowest levels. Formaldehyde outgassing increases with heat or humidity, so it seems no “accident” that FEMA—which promised last summer to quickly begin a testing program—has delayed and delayed until the coldest weather of the year.

Becky Gillette

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

faulty maintenance causes FEMA trailer fire deaths

The Gambit newspaper in New Orleans has exposed the fact that using politically connected contractors with no experience with LP gas (or RV maintenance) has caused many fires in FEMA trailers, some of which have claimed lives. Please note that because the trailers were not set up properly, this also allowed moisture infiltration from the outside that not only made formaldehyde outgassing worse, but also caused serious mold problems in many of the trailers. How many ways could FEMA $*%#&() up with these campers?


Monday, December 3, 2007

why is formaldehyde worse when heaters turned on?

We have received a number of reports that the problems with formaldehyde outgassing in trailers gets worse when the heat is turned on. Does anyone know why this would be the case?


Hi Becky:

My thoughts on why formaldehyde is worse during heating and cooling seasons.

First, formaldehyde is quite volatile and becomes more volatile at higher temperatures. It makes sense that as the insulation around the heated duct works and underneath the trailer is heated the formaldehyde is liberated and most likely just comes up through the floors.

In both the heating and cooling seasons, the windows would be closed all the time, hence very little ventilation. During other times of temperate weather, I would imagine that the windows are opened which allows the air in the trailer to turnover. Maybe, even during heating season, that it would be beneficial to open the windows for a short period each day just to bring in some fresh air and reduce formaldehyde levels that way. It may cost a few dollars per month more on heating but eliminating one visit to the doctor will pay for a lot of gas.


Bob, Photox Air Purification Systems, www.PhotoxPureAir.com.