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.

Monday, January 5, 2009

EPA taking comments on formaldehyde rulemaking

During January, EPA will be taking public comments on regulating formaldehyde. Despite the widespread publicity about formaldehyde problems in FEMA trailers, there is still no national standard for formaldehyde in the indoor air and products such as RVs are still for sale that contain high formaldehyde levels.
The government spent over $2 billion on FEMA trailers, and many of the 141,000 families were placed in trailers with high formaldehyde levels. Most of the FEMA trailers not only can’t be used now, but are costing millions per year for storage. And the FEMA trailer tragedy just exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even stick-built homes that experts believe has become worse in recent years because of the increasing use of cheap foreign wood products.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted tough new standards to protect people from formaldehyde. The rest of the nation deserves the same protections. Please tell EPA to adopt the CARB standards for formaldehyde. Mail comments to EPA before the Feb. 2: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001. Or send e-mail comments to Wheeler.cindy@epa.gov. All comments must be identified by docket identification (ID) no. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0627.