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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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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.