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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 7, 2010
FEMA mobile homes don't come with warning?
It appears that the warnings and contract not to use former FEMA trailers as housing only applies to RVs and not mobile homes. This is despite extensive testing by CDC that showed formaldehyde is a problem in the mobile homes, too. We saw the judge in the FEMA trailers cases arbitrarily dismiss about 10,000 claims in the FEMA trailer litigation because their housing was mobile homes instead of RVs. Evidently the thinking is that since HUD ‘regulates’ formaldehyde in wood products used for manufactured housing, this gives manufacturers and the government a get-out- of-jail free card. Nevermind that HUD doesn’t enforce the regulations—there is no testing for compliance—and the HUD levels were set far, far, far too high in order to please the formaldehyde industry.