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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.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

FEMA not immune!!

Chock one up for the good guys! The AP reported Oct. 4 that a federal judge has ruled FEMA is not immune from lawsuits claiming many Gulf Coast hurricane victims were exposed to potentially dangerous fumes while living in trailers it provided.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt cited evidence that the FEMA delayed investigating complaints about formaldehyde levels in its trailers because it might be held legally responsible. The preservative can cause breathing problems and is classified as a carcinogen.
"Engelhardt said FEMA learned of the formaldehyde concerns around March 2006, several months after Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, but responded by "sticking their heads in the sand" rather than ordering air-quality tests," the AP article said.
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The next really big development in this case is going to be whether or not the 30,000 people who have sued FEMA and trailer manufacturers can be considered a class action. FEMA and the manufacturers oppose that, and want each case to be heard separately. Trying to kill class action lawsuits is a strategy of industries to avoid responsibility when they poison people.