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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.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Trailers too toxic for Haiti being sold in U.S. instead

There is an AP article out that is carried on a website below under Toxic Trailers news called "Trailers-to-Haiti sparks backlash." There are comments in there from Paul Nelson, whose mother who never had previous respiratory problem died from the same after living in a FEMA trailer. And there is a comment from a MS State Senator that, "If these trailers were good enough for Mississippians, they should be good enough for Haitians."

Here is a response from someone who has personal experience being poisoned by formaldehyde:

I Love This!
Too much a "HEALTH risk for Haiti" but OK to put back out on the open market for the homeless here in the US? Does this make any sense? They are willing to let us DIE, but not the Haiti people.

Yesterday 15,000 FEMA trailers were auctioned off in Hope, AR for a fraction of what the U.S. taxpayers paid for them. These are likely to be resold for ten times what the middleman paid for them. While the sellers are supposed to tell buyers that these aren't to be used for housing, it will be impossible to follow the large amount of trailers as they are sold and resold. And the information provided by FEMA about the formaldehyde risk is very misleading and says trailers that test at 100 (parts per billion) ppb are "safe" when, in fact, that is a higher than the average level of 77 ppb tested in FEMA trailers in 2008 that led FEMA to moving everyone to safer housing.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has these recommended exposure limits for the general public:

40 ppb (1-14 days exposure)
30 ppb (>14-364 days exposure)
8 ppb (365 or more days exposure)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends an exposure limit of 16 ppb.