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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, November 14, 2008

BBC does great story on formaldehyde!

The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) radio has done a very long and excellent piece on the formaldehyde in FEMA trailers issue. Reporter Robert Walker interviewed most of the key players in this campaign to get the government to acknowledge the problem with formaldehyde in the temporary housing units. Good interviews with Paul Stewart, who was the first to blow the whistle on formaldehyde; FEMA whistleblower Jesse Fineran; Lindsay Huckabee, who saw her five children suffer from the effects of the formaldehyde; Dr. Lou Finkle, talking about the challenges to rebuilding; James Crowell with Biloxi NAACP, discussing how many people still have no alternative place to live because rents have doubled on the Coast; and Rep. Bennie Thompson, speaking about how this issues shows how the government does not value the working poor and minority populations most affected by the disaster.

To listen, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/assignment.shtml. Or you can click on the link on the lower right of the page under Toxic Trailer News.