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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
formaldehyde petition to EPA
Tens of thousands of families have been exposed to toxic levels of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers. The Center for Disease Control and FEMA recently very belatedly admitted how toxic the trailers are, and said they would try to move everyone out of the trailers as soon as possible. The problem is bigger than just FEMA trailers. This just exposed a problem with formaldehyde that has existed in RVs and mobile homes for decades. There are no indoor air standards for formaldehyde, and people are getting exposed to this carcinogenic gas in not just RVs and mobile homes but also offices and regular homes. Formaldehyde is used in adhesives for a wide variety of products including in flooring, doors, cabinets and furniture. There are safer, soybean-based alternatives to formaldehyde and ways that materials which use urea-formaldehyde glues can be cured before being used in people’s homes. Please advocate that all Americans be protected from formaldehyde exposure by signing onto the petition at http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageNavigator/FormaldehydePetition.