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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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

HUD formaldehyde target level is INSANE!

HUD doesn’t actually have a limit on formaldehyde levels in indoor air but supposedly the composite wood limits are designed to meet a limit of 400 ppb in manufactured housing. This hugely elevated level is enough to knock you down if you walk into it. Here is a response on HUD’s extremely high target levels from expert Linda Kincaid, Master of Public Health, Certified Industrial Hygienist:

The HUD ceiling is 400 ppb formaldehyde?!?!?! The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has set an *occupational* Ceiling Limit of 300 ppb formaldehyde. That means a plumber coming into a home that meets the HUD criterion would be required to wear a respirator. Yet, children live there 24/7 with no protection. Insane!