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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.

Friday, January 15, 2010

selloff of FEMA trailers unfair

FEMA|GSA are now auctioning off 100,000 FEMA trailers in large lots for an average of $100 for units the government paid tens of thousands for. Many of these trailers tested high in formaldehyde, and FEMA is putting a sticker on the trailers saying they shouldn't be used for housing. But guess what? Unscrupulous middle men are going to pick up these trailers for a song, remove the stickers (just like mobile home dealers have routinely for years removed the HUD formaldehyde warning stickers) and then they will sell these mobile homes and travel trailers at a huge profit.

It is one thing for people to choose to live in these if they are informed of the hazards and take steps to minimize them. It is another for them to go into debt to buy housing without knowing it could make them sick. A number of people have already unknowingly purchased FEMA trailers from dealers. When they have gotten sick or found they couldn't stay in them because of the stink from formaldehyde, they can't get their money back.

Once again FEMA has betrayed the taxpayers and the people who will end up living in these trailers.

Becky Gillette