About ToxicTrailers.com

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, August 26, 2008

formaldehyde levels not high at Capitol

At a recent Congressional hearing on formaldehyde Rep. Mark Souder, R.-Indiana, claimed testing had shown there were formaldehyde levels in the hearing room and elsewhere in the Capitol as high as the average found in FEMA trailers. It turns out that had as much validity a Rep. Souder claiming high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers were caused by dead bodies floating in the water.

From http://thehill.com:80/leading-the-news/formaldehyde-levels-on-capitol-hill-lower-than-feared-2008-08-24.html

Formaldehyde levels on Capitol Hill lower than feared
By Jordy Yager
Posted: 08/24/08 11:46 AM [ET]
Formaldehyde levels in Capitol Hill office buildings are not as high as suspected and are in compliance with federal regulations, according to a recent series of tests done by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC)..

...The lawmaker became worried when a Republican staff member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee found unusually high formaldehyde levels in several House office buildings. The committee was preparing for a hearing on the high levels of formaldehyde found in the trailers FEMA provided to victims of Hurricane Katrina several years ago.

The AOC analyzed 67 samples gathered from throughout the U.S. Capitol complex, including House and Senate office buildings, the Capitol Visitors Center, the U.S. Capitol Police headquarters, dormitories, and day care facilities. ...The GOP staffer’s initial findings noted levels as high as 80 parts per billion in the Rayburn House Office Building. But the AOC’s results were all less than five parts per billion.

Monday, August 11, 2008

family in double wide has many illnesses

On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 6:32 PM, shannon turner wrote:
Hi. I am looking for anyone who can relate to my story. After purchasing a double wide mobile home in 2005 my family started having many unexplained medical problems. First and foremost I started noticing my 3 year old daughter was staying sick with upper respiratory infections leading to pneumonia and even hospitalization.This continued on for a year until a doctor was so concerned with her chronic illness that she was tested for autoimmune disorders. You can only imagine my struggle with my little 3 year old all the sleepless nights praying and wondering what could be wrong with this little angel. In the mean time my son was 8 and he began having severe noose bleeds and sinus infections . So i am now asking myself what is going on? Within this time frame I also started having problems with shortness of breath and upper respiratory infections. I went to the doctor and now I was diagnosed with asthma. I had never had asthma or problems with shortness of breath but now the three of us are dealing with these unexplained illnesses. I questioned the doctors but no one wants to pinpoint our problems to formaldehyde. I am trying to find anyone who can help us.

NOTE: This family's trailer tested in AUgust 2008 at .101 ppm, which is over the EPA limit for even short term exposure. Clearly privately purchased mobile homes can also have high formaldehyde levels. Unfortunately, the government has not yet acted to adopt enforcement, adequate formaldehyde regulations to protect American families.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

RV tests at .312 ppm

Right after hurricane Katrina My family purchased an RV for recreational purposes. While on camping trips my nieces have been complaining about burning eyes and not feeling well. I think our trailer has the same problems as the FEMA trailers. As a consumer what options do we have to rectify the problem?

Note: This trailer tested very high at .312 ppm or more than three times over the maximum level people should be exposed to. Consumers have few options because trailer manufacturers have refused to take back faulty products or fix the problem. Absent government regulations on formaldehyde, the trailer manufacturers continue to poison people by selling them trailers high in formaldehyde.

entire family sick in doublewide mobile home

On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 6:32 PM, shannon turner wrote:
Hi. I am looking for anyone who can relate to my story. After purchasing a double wide mobile home in 2005 my family started having many unexplained medical problems. First and foremost I started noticing my 3 year old daughter was staying sick with upper respiratory infections leading to pneumonia and even hospitalization.This continued on for a year until a doctor was so concerned with her chronic illness that she was tested for autoimmune disorders. You can only imagine my struggle with my little 3 year old all the sleepless nights praying and wondering what could be wrong with this little angel. In the mean time my son was 8 and he began having severe nose bleeds and sinus infections. So I am now asking myself what is going on? Within this time frame I also started having problems with shortness of breath and upper respiratory infections. I went to the doctor and now I was diagnosed with asthma. I had never had asthma or problems with shortness of breath, but now the three of us are dealing with these unexplained illnesses. I questioned the doctors but no one wants to pinpoint our problems to formaldehyde I am trying to find anyone who can help us.

Shannon Turner

children frequently hospitalized after living in FEMA trailer

We received a FEMA trailer shortly after the storm. During the 6 months that I lived there with them I took my then 2 year old to the hospital 4 times and my daughter 2 times. They stayed sick with sinus like symptoms and stomach problems and went to the doctor every other week. My husband and I separated and I Moved out but the kids stayed with him a couple nights a week in the trailer. A couple of months later my daughter got sick at the trailer and said she was so dizzy she could not get out of bed. Then my son had to be rushed to the emergency room and almost died from an asthma attack. I feel certain the trailer contributed to all these illnesses. I made sure my children never went back in the trailer after that and they have both been doing fine but they have to take daily medication for sinus and have to do occasional breathing treatments for the asthma. Thank goodness the FEMA issue surfaced because my children would probably still be stuck in that trailer.

Jess

Friday, August 1, 2008

FEMA offering cash to agree not to sue?

This week I received a call from a FEMA formaldehyde victim who stated FEMA may had have begun offering”Hush Money CA$H" to their tenants to whom they leased toxic trailers; CA$H in exchange for signing a Hold Harmless contract with FEMA. Any even the CDC, in the fine print, states that low long term exposure to the poison formaldehyde can cause further health problems. In 1, 5 or 10 years the occupants get sick from the toxic exposure; they will be out of legal luck. If you have been or know of anyone who has been made such an offer, please contact us. It is suggested that if you get the offer, you find a qualified attorney to protect your future interest.

Cheers

JESSE JOHN