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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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

toxic plywood gives off formaldehyde


I had been collecting scrap pieces of plywood discarded at various places and keeping them in my room to paint pictures upon. Then about 2 weeks ago I came across a warning about formaldehyde in plywood, in a PBS program on the subject of Green Building. So I got rid of the plywood I had been collecting. This morning I realized the itching in my eyes had subsided and decided to do more research on the web and found the videos about blue babies and dead pets.

The issue goes beyond trailers because plywood and particle board are used universally in home construction, for underflooring, kitchen cabinets and so on. So it's crucial to get the word out and start promoting the manufacture of formaldehyde-free plywood and particle board.

Ray, St. Louis M, hrpch@hotmail.com