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.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Katrina survivors hit once again...

It feels like the Katrina\Rita survivors have been once again been let down by the federal government in the decision by a federal jury in New Orleans against the plaintiffs in the first FEMA trailer trial. It is like being back to square one when the government denied for 2.5 years that formaldehyde was a problem in the FEMA trailers. It is too bad none of the jurors ever lived in a travel trailer so high in formaldehyde that it made your nose bleed, eyes water, sinuses seize up, constantly cough, etc. This is a "bellwether" trial, meaning that the outcome is not legally binding, but will be used to help allow parties to decide if a settlement would be the best way to resolve the issue. THe next bellwether trial is scheduled to start Dec. 6.

This is very disappointing, but remember we are up against powerful business interests that have made millions of dollars by making sure formaldehyde is not regulated in the U.S. to protect people's health. Here is a comment from an public health advocate that puts it in perspective:

Remember that it took YEARS to bring down Big Tobacco – and a long trail of defeats that left prosecutors believing the tobacco companies were untouchable. But when that first case finally broke for the plaintiffs, the eventual outcomes were the largest in history.

We are fighting for the right side. And we are just beginning to fight.