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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.

Friday, April 25, 2008

EPA petition on formaldehyde

In today’s Federal Register, EPA requested comments on the TSCA Section 21 petition to adopt and apply nationally the formaldehyde emissions regulation for composite wood products recently approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB); and to extend the regulation to include composite wood products used in manufactured homes. EPA must accept or deny the petition on or before June 21, 2008. See http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-9136.pdf for a copy of the Federal Register notice.

Submit comments on or before May 12 by going to www.regulations.gov and looking for EPA Docket # EPA–HQ–OPPT–2008–0267. Go to www.sierraclub.org/toxics/downloads/2008-03-20-formaldehydepetition.pdf to view the petition. 25 organizations and 5000 individuals from every state signed the petition. See the list of organizations signing it below. To get the latest on CARB’s standards, which went into effect on April 18, go to www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/compwood.htm .