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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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CDC Director Howard Frumkin reassigned

Propublica (see under news links) has reported "Howard Frumkin, the embattled director of a little-known but important division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been reassigned to a position with less authority, a smaller staff and a lower budget.
"Frumkin had led the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Center for Environmental Health since 2005. For the past two years he had endured scathing criticism from Congress and the media for ATSDR's poor handling of public health problems created by the formaldehyde-contaminated trailers that the government provided to Hurricane Katrina victims. The agency, which assesses public health risks posed by environmental hazards, also was criticized for understating the health risks of several other, less-publicized cases."

One of the people poisoned by the FEMA trailers has this response:

If Frumkin lied about formaldehyde, what makes anyone think he won't lie again? This man is a disgrace. He was a diesase expert and now he is climate expert at the same pay. Why does he even have a job with CDC? If he had to stay because of legal reasons, send his ass to the North Pole to study the climate. It is outrageous. He sure is being treated better than the tens of thousands of families poisoned by formaldehyde and then denied fair treatment in the FEMA trailer lawsuits that are headed by a federal judge appointed by George Bush at the behest of his "very, very good friend," the Formaldehyde Senator, David Vitter from LA. This judge has shown huge bias in favor of the manufacturer defendants in the FEMA trial who made millions selling formaldehyde laden death traps to the government.