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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, July 23, 2009

Dept. of Homeland Security report critical of FEMA response

In light of today's Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General report, "[Federal Emergency Management Agency] Response to Formaldehyde in Trailers," Sierra Club Formaldehyde Campaign Director Becky Gillette issued the following statement:

"Today's inspector general report is vindication for the Sierra Club's early and persistent efforts to draw attention to the issue of toxic formaldehyde in FEMA trailers. Sadly there is no vindication for the thousands of disaster victims who were forced to spend months living in dangerous conditions while the Bush administration dragged its heels.

"Today's report accurately credits the Sierra Club as the first group to discover the toxicity of FEMA trailers, and I am proud of our leading role in fighting for better disaster assistance and emergency housing for all Americans. Nearly two years before FEMA finally admitted its formaldehyde problem. Sierra Club testing in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama showed that 88 percent of tested trailers had formaldehyde levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recommended limit.

"Sierra Club supports the major conclusions outlined in today's report and calls for the swift implementation of the Inspector General's communications and emergency preparedness recommendations. With the 2009 hurricane season well underway, it will take decisive action to safeguard communities if disaster strikes."

To see the entire report, go to the link under Toxic Trailer News.