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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.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

MEMA cottages also have formaldehyde problems

Please note the Sun Herald story linked under the toxic trailer news section on the lower right, "Formaldehyde also high in cottages." Then look at the Sun Herald story Dec. 4, "Cottages to undergo testing, MEMA promised but hasn't done it." Just two weeks ago Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) denied doing testing of the cottages, yet it had tested them and found high formaldehyde levels in some of them BEFORE Sierra Club announced in May that its testing had shown formaldehyde could be a problem in some of the cottages. After some of the cottages tested high in tests in April, a consultant recommended improving ventilation and educating residents on how to reduce the formaldehyde levels. MEMA now has a brochure out that includes advice for reducing formaldehyde, but no one I know in the cottages received it.

The federal government gave Mississippi about $281 million to develop this housing that was supposed to be a better alternative to FEMA trailers. Think we got our money's worth?