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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Toxic Court stacks deck against formaldehyde victims

TOXIC COURT rules Forest River Trailer did not cause Plaintiff's injury

The second TOXIC FEMA Trailer Trial is complete resulting in no award for the plaintiff. This trial, as was the first, was held with Federal Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt excusing FEMA even being a part of the action. The judge picked the cases to first heard, and selected weaker cases with black plaintiffs, and then allowed juries to be almost entirely white.
Hundreds of thousands American disaster survivors were exposed to dangers of formaldehyde in FEMA housing after Katrina and Rita. FEMA knew their victims were in danger and did nothing but protect themselves. The struggle to demand accountability for the US Government's actions and or in-actions is ongoing. Without FEMA being included in the trials the court appears to have managed to protect the defendants. The court's resistance to allow the victims to get their day in court with FEMA appears intentional is appalling. The government continues to ignore the fate of these victims.
Being a Katrina survivor, I see my community steadily recovering from the hurricanes, but continue witness the health effects and suffering of my neighbors caused by the governments profit over people policies and FEMA's lack of accountability.
The more I see of this litigation, I more I believe that there may be a "fox is in the hen house". On the day of the verdict of the first trial, Senator David Vitter , R (LA) announced his commitment to Formaldehyde Council's stand to block regulations for formaldehyde in building product. The lobby effort has been successful in blocking safe indoor air quality laws since the late 70s when EPA disclosed the dangers of formaldehyde in residential housing. The Senator has endorsed the Formaldehyde Council, building product industry and FEMA's "keep the victims ignorant" policy. The out come of these cases will have a direct effect to members of the formaldehyde Council and Vitter's cronies. With Vitter's hand in the pocket of the Formaldehyde Council; why is David Vitter's former campaign finance manager and very, very best friend the Judge Kurt Engelhardt orchestrating this litigation? Vitter helped Engelhardt get appointed to the bench.
The Plaintiff lawyers continue the long hard fight to protect the rights and the health of people that were fell victim to the flawed FEMA toxic housing plan. These trials are not over and you can get your chance to tell your story about FEMA's arrogant assault on you family and neighbors.
Many victims have moved and changed telephone numbers since they registered with lawyers. If you have filed legal actions against FEMA, it is suggested that you contact your lawyers to make sure that your contact information has been updated.
Jesse John Fineran

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Retired couple in RV has medical bills of $120,000 from formaldehyde exposure

A retired couple living in a privately purchased RV in Arizona asked me to test it last year after they got sick with symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning. Testing confirmed high formaldehyde levels. After reading the articles about the government dumping over 100,000 former FEMA on the market recently, the man called me and asked: Do people have any idea the medical costs from someone living in high formaldehyde levels? Since I tested them both have been hospitalized. The man has had $40,000 worth of medical costs, and the woman, $80,000. Not even counting the suffering and potential shortening of their lives, this is just an example of the cost of failing to protect Americans from excessive levels of formaldehyde.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Washington Post slams FEMA trailers sales

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson today slammed the U.S. government dumping a hundred thousand FEMA trailers on the market. In an article headline "Tainted FEMA trailers should be destroyed, not sold" Robinson said just requiring the trailers contaminated with formaldehyde and mold to bear a warning that they aren't to be used as residences is not adequate.

The article states: "...the federal government is selling housing units that it knows are unsafe to live in....No warning sticker can absolve the government, the wholesalers and the eventual retailers of these trailers and mobile homes of their moral responsibility. Given the state of the economy -- especially the unabated national epidemic of foreclosures and evictions -- it is lunacy to pretend that families will not buy these units as primary residences.

Robinson said that officials told The Post that there would be little demand for the trailers because so many are in poor condition, having sat unoccupied and unattended for so long. But his guess is that if problems such as mold, mildew and propane-gas leaks drive retail prices even lower, the number of potential buyers is only likely to increase.

"Things are tough out there, and even a musty trailer -- with a warning sticker -- is a more comfortable place to sleep than the back seat of a car," Robinson said.

Monday, March 15, 2010

High formaldehyde products to US; low formaldehyde to Europe and Japan


Richard Dennison, Ph.D., has the following blog about the recent sale of huge numbers of former FEMA trailers:

The Katrina chronicles: Formaldehyde-laced trailers set to claim another set of victims

The FEMA trailers were made using plywood imported from China. That plywood is made using adhesives that release high levels of formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. China makes a low-formaldehyde product for export to Europe and Japan, and even for domestic use in China, because in those markets there are regulatory limits in place. But they have a ready market here in the U.S. for the cheaper, more dangerous plywood because we have no such restrictions. That plywood ended up in the FEMA trailers – and continues to be solid into countless other markets across the country.

Washington Post details latest in sad tale of Katrina trailers

The Washington Post has published a comprehensive article about the latest chapter in the sad tale of the Katrina\Rita FEMA trailers. The government has sold over 100,000 of these formaldehyde and mold laden trailers for pennies on the dollar to middlemen who plan to profit ten fold off their investment by reselling them. The sellers of these trailers are supposed to put a sticker on the trailers saying they shouldn't be used for housing--like that will actually protect anyone!
"What if Toyota ordered a recall, then simply put a sticker on its vehicles saying they were unfit to drive before reselling them?" said Becky Gillette, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club in Mississippi, which helped uncover the formaldehyde problem. "There's a double standard for the government."

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Family without mother is legacy of FEMA trailer stay

My mom and dad were living in a FEMA trailer after Hurricane Katrina. Because of the formaldehyde, my mom broke out into rashes on her legs and feet. It turned out really bad and it caused her death. Now my family and I have no mother.

FEMA trailers still high in formaldehyde

With thousands of FEMA trailers now being dumped on the market, this e-mail is of interest because the person writing it has tested his FEMA trailers recently and found them still high in formaldehyde:

"I own several park models that were originally manufactured for FEMA. I have done extensive research into mitigating the formaldehyde contamination in the units. I have also tested numerous units on the FEMA lost for formaldehyde contamination—all have exceeded the FEMA standards for acceptable contamination by substantial levels."


European study shows high formaldehyde in babies' bedrooms

A new study in Europe has found that "Babies' bedrooms can be bad for their health" because of pollution from formaldehyde and VOCs causing increased risk of cancer, allergies, eczema, and even behavior problems. See link to WebMD article below under toxic trailer news on the lower right or copy this link: http://www.webmd.boots.com/children/news/20100310/babies-bedrooms-can-be-bad-for-their-health

It would be good to do a similar study in the U.S. as China and other Asian countries have been exporting low formaldehyde products to Europe—where there are standards for formaldehyde—and high formaldehyde products to the U.S.--where there have been no standards (California now has standards but not the rest of the U.S.) So likely levels in American bedrooms are higher than those found in Europe.

A European study on indoor air quality says newly decorated infants bedrooms can pose significant threats to health
By Nicky Broyd
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks
9th March 2010 – Babies and young children are being exposed to high doses of carcinogenic chemicals in their own bedrooms according to a Europe-wide study on the air quality inside our homes; and it seems newly decorated rooms may be the worst offenders.

The study was carried out by Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and measured the levels of formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) and indoor pollutants known as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in children’s bedrooms which had been newly renovated.