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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Congress passes formaldehyde act!

The U.S. House today approved Senate Bill 1660, a bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products. It was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and earlier passed the Senate. THANK YOU SENATOR KLOBUCHAR!! With Congressional approval, it now goes to President Obama for his signature to make it law.

This doesn't make up for the tens of thousands of Americans who have gotten sick from formaldehyde outgassing from wood products. But it is vindication for the families in FEMA trailers whose complaints about burning eyes, sore throats, headaches and respiratory problems from the formaldehyde were ignored for years.

This is not entire answer to formaldehyde exposure. Formaldehyde is also used in clothing, personal care products, in vaccines, in products put in RV holding tanks, etc. But wood products are one of the largest sources of formaldehyde. Without passage of this bill, it would have been several more years before EPA would have been able to regulate formaldehyde under the TSCA.

Next up, let's hope Congress improves and then passes the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 reforming TSCA. Go to http://blog.saferchemicals.org/2010/06/tired-of-toxics-give-congress-a-jingle.html to take action.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Arizona woman need toxic's attorney!

I had a licensed roofer do shoddy work and my ceiling fell in during a huge rainstorm. They came in and took down the drywall and insulation, didn’t throw out the carpet or pad or furniture that was soaked and sprayed Microban all over the rafters that were exposed and had not sealed off the vents to the rest of the home. The overspray went everywhere. After 3 months I got sick with sinus congestion, headaches, ears that felt full and stuffy and after 3 ENT’s, my general practitioner, numerous cat scans and brain scans 2 allergists and 2 sinus and ear doctors at the Mayo Clinic (all didn’t know what was wrong), I moved out of the home and got better within 2 weeks. My shi-tzu came down with bone cancer and was paralyzed shortly after moving out. He later began to walk again after a course of prednisone and fluconasol. Whenever I would go back into the home, my symptoms would return. I had a lab test for VOC’s and formaldehyde is high, toluene and benzene is high, fluorinated hydro carbons are 10 times greater than normal and there isn’t a law firm in Phoenix that will take my case because they know nothing about toxic exposure. If you are familiar with this story, please help me.

Irene Renstrom
602-487-1871 (cell)

U.S. Senate passes Formaldehyde Act

HUGE HEARTFELT THANKS go out to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) whose legislation, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act, has passed the full Senate, June 15. Because the EPA's regulation of toxics is so fundamentally flawed and biased in favor of polluters, the only way to get this problem addressed in anything like a timely manner is through federal legislation.

The bill had bipartisan support, and was co sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID). It will establish national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting consumers from potentially hazardous levels of the chemical. The new standards would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House, so contact your U.S. Representatives and ask them to support this bill.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

FEMA manipulates formaldehyde test for elderly couple

We have had a number of reports from people considering buying their FEMA trailers who were told by FEMA how to get low tests results (test when it is cold and well ventilated), but that isn't how people live! So people ended up being falsely assured their trailers were safe. Now they are sick, and FEMA couldn't care less.

Blog from couple in Picayune, Miss: My wife and I are still dealing with the Formaldehyde situation. We are both disabled and I am a senior citizen.(65) When we first moved into the FEMA mobile home we questioned the Formaldehyde Issue. FEMA set up a time for the home to be tested. They come out and tested the mobile home and it was 77ppm. When it come close to time for us to move out, we had no place to go. FEMA said they would sell us the mobile home. We again questioned the Formaldehyde Issue, they said they would have it tested again. The day before the test they called and told us to open all the windows and doors to air it out. At the time of the test it was 56* outside, with the house open it was also 56* inside. When the test results came back the reading was 17ppm. They told us it was safe and sold it to us.
My wife can still smell the formaldehyde. Last January I come down with a bad cough and my Dr. put me on steroids. The first of February I saw my Dr. again and he put me in the hospital with Pneumonia. I was in the hospital from Feb 1-5 2010. I stayed home 9 days and he put me back in the hospital on Feb 14-19. I was on steroids and antibotics from early Jan thru the last of Mar. After all this the infection is still here. I am now on 3 different antibotics and haven't kicked it yet. With all this we discovered Black mold in Aug of 2009. We called FEMA and they don't want anything to do with us.