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, April 27, 2009

foul smell in MEMA cottage

There is a foul smell in my MS Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) cottage that I have mentioned several times since November to the MEMA maintenance personnel who visited the house. I questioned if there was a hazardous substance such as formaldehyde or Chinese sheetrock possibly the cause of this smell which does not go away. I also have had health problems from day one. Stuffy nose every morning. Irritated eyes, burning nose, hair falling out, and the worst- heavy feeling across my chest and waking up with my heart racing every morning and throughout other times when in the house. A few days ago I almost fainted. I am not normally a sick person. I pride myself in maintaining good health for most of my life.
Well, after complaining the MEMA housing representative called me back to tell me that I would have to find other living accommodations because my lease has expired. He said the cottages would not be rented. He said the house had no Chinese drywall in it. I asked if they would test the house for other possible causes of this irritant, which is affecting my health. He said they could do an air quality test. I then asked if he could put in writing what we discussed since I had a bad memory. He said he "could not".
Who else is having these problems? I wish someone would get together and compare notes. This is criminal all the way around.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earthquake victims in China losing babies due to formaldehyde exposure

There is sad news today that hundreds of women in China have had miscarriages health authorities believe is linked to formaldehyde exposure in the emergency housing--mobile homes--provided after the earthquake. See link to the article under toxic trailer news on the lower right of this page. Most of them had lost their children in the Sichuan earthquake where a lot of children died because of substandard school construction.

"Radio France Internationale also reported on April 17 that volunteer counselors confirmed that the quake victims do suspect that illegal formaldehyde levels in mobile home construction materials has caused the miscarriages and stillbirths."

One woman who lost a son in the earthquake and then had a miscarriage was quoted as saying: "We are so heartbroken by the fact that we have to stay in the mobile homes and we dare not have a baby. The pain is doubled.”

Friday, April 10, 2009

many will go homeless soon...

Yesterday, I was contacted by a concerned FEMA worker who feels that the recovery has left many behind.  She believes that FEMA will actually pull out on May 1st leaving thousands in south Mississippi homeless.  Many of these individuals are disabled, sick and unable to help themselves.  Many FEMA housing unit  contain formaldehyde and toxic mold contaminated.  CDC appears to adjusting formaldehyde testing in order to get FEMA desired results so that these units can be sold to these victims  It is understood that the CDC formaldehyde test personnel have aired the units and may re-test several times in order to get a favorable results.  Mold and water leaks are present in many units. Remember many of the FEMA personnel who are still working in Mississippi are locals who were affected by Katrina. These employees need their jobs to feed their families and to recover from Katrina, they fear reprisial for speaking out about FEMA self-interest policies.  FEMA restricts the employees from providing information as to where people can find help from volunteer and other resources,  Help get this information out to these needy Mississippians. 
Jesse Fineran

Thursday, April 2, 2009

family all to ER since moving into mobile home

My sister's family just rented a mobile home four months ago. Since they moved in they have all had various repiratory symptoms. they have all been to the emergency room and my mother who is living with them had to spend a week in the hospital. They have had recurring sinus infections, bronchitis, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. is it possible to get a test kit for them? They are on a very limited income and are having a hard time because of so many days off. The school is threatening them becasue their two children have been absent so much. If there is any way I could get them this kit, please let me know. Thank you


Sick building in D.C. linked to formaldehyde

The Washington Post has an article today (see link at lower right of this page under toxic trailer news) that says workers are getting sick in the new EEOC building in Washington, D.C., and formaldehyde is the suspected cause. In addition to the short- and long-term health impacts to the employees, imagine how this is impacting productivity!! It is ridiculous there are still no standards to protect people from high levels of formaldehyde in buildings...

Here is a quote from the article:
"Just keep your coughing to a dull roar, folks," wrote one worker, "so you don't disturb your neighbors who have the blinding headaches."

Wonder how many millions the government spent in order to make this sick building?