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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Comments on Huckabee video

This comment was posted on YouTube regarding the Huckabee YouTube interview (link on the right of this page):

Same problem with RVs for many years. My '02 travel trailer is still toxic with formaldehyde. Last fall we tested the air in the unit and it was much higher than acceptable. Even 6-7 yrs after manufacture, this RV is still pushing out fumes. The industry has been well aware of this problem and keeps it quiet. Good old USA, anything to make a buck, even when it hurts folks.

"scrap" trailers being renovated and used to house people

I talked to to a businessman that sells RVs (recreational vehicles/trailers) and parts. He said that now his major business has become parts sales for FEMA toxic trailers. These are Individuals who purchased scrap FEMA formaldehyde trailers that FEMA tested for toxic air quality and ruled uninhabitable. The purchasers who are seeking parts so they can live in or sell these toxic trailers to unsuspecting victims.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

FEMA turned survivors into victims while wasting billions , not helping

FEMA is scheduled to end its Gulf Coast housing program at the end of March. This includes payments for rentals, hotels and the use of trailers/mobile homes. There is a since of emergency among the individuals who are in trailers, in hotels and/or receiving as well as the landlords of rental properties. The people who have are still receiving benefits from FEMA are folks who have not yet rebuilt and/or were renters. They cannot afford and/or unable to to build, purchase or rent. Many of these, soon to be homeless, are unemployed, disabled, sick and elderly. For some reason these individuals fell between the cracks in FEMA's bureaucracy.
These unfortunates will join the thousands of other Gulf Coast residents who became displaced and homeless left in wake of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and FEMA. FEMA wasted billions on providing temporary housing to disaster survivors (estimated at $250,000 expense for the use of a $12,000 trailer). FEMA now leaves without providing any permanent housing, solutions or accountability for knowingly exposing hundreds of thousands to toxic chemical agents hidden in FEMA housing. On the Gulf Coast, FEMA is best known for transforming survivors into victims. FEMA employees and friendly contractors made billions while many of their victims live with unknown health risk and despair. It may that longer for many to recover from the disaster that is FEMA, than from the disaster itself. Efforts continue by faith based groups to assist, without this effort more would be facing similar dilemmas

Jesse Fineran

Thursday, February 5, 2009

FEMA trailers still high in formaldehyde

I just tested a Fleetwood travel trailer provided by FEMA to a man in Bay St. Louis. He asked for testing after developing breathing problems. The trailer tested at 0.154 ppm--much more than you should be exposed to for even short periods of time. And remember, this is the coldest time of the year when outgassing should be low. The trailer was three years old, and when he got it, the formaldehyde odor was terrible and caused problems like a runny nose and congestion. SInce formaldehyde levels decrease with age, can you imagine how high this was when he got the trailer? He is now on two medications for breathing problems, but the medicine is only partly helpful.

An article in the Sun Herald recently said 324 families are still in FEMA trailers in Mississippi, but they are being moved out in the next four weeks.

Japan\Europe have gotten low formaldehyde products for 20 years

It is a sad fact that for 20 years suppliers in China have been sending products low in formaldehyde to Japan and Europe, while sending high formaldehyde products to the U.S. that has had no regulations regarding formaldehyde levels in imported products. An article in Furniture Today (link listed under formaldehyde news on the lower right of this page) quotes Bill Perdue, American Home Furniture Assn., vice president of environmental, safety and health issues and standards, as saying: “Many of the industry's suppliers are offshore and have met the European and Japanese standards two decades.” AHFA is supporting formaldehyde regulations.