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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, September 19, 2008

failure to address earlier concerns with formaldehyde

I had a call from a man who used to work for the National Institute for Enviornmental Health in N.C. About ten years ago their new office building was so high in formaldehyde and other pollutants that people were getting very sick. So guess what they did? They moved people from those offices into trailers where the formaldehyde levels were even higher, and people got even sicker. Some died.

That was a decade ago but shows how the government failure to take note of this problem set the stage for the tragedy ten years later with 100,000 families being housed in trailers high in formaldehyde following Katrina and Rita.

And guess what? We still have no government standards to prevent this from happening yet again and again.

Becky Gillette