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.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Can you get away with manslaughter if you are FEMA?

The Bush appointed federal judge in Louisiana who is the "very, very good friend" and a former campaign manager for The Formaldehyde Council mouthpiece Sen. David Vitter of LA has removed FEMA as a defendant in all the MS cases over the formaldehyde poisoning of the Hurricane Katrina victims. See http://www.sunherald.com/2010/07/29/2367241/judge-tosses-miss-claims-over.html. The "judge" based his ruling on a MS law that is to protect private people who provide emergency shelter with no compensation. But FEMA received hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money in no-bid contracts for the death traps that were delivered to the Gulf Coast. FEMA was SUPPOSED to know how to provide safe emergency housing. And FEMA actually sold lots of the trailers to people like the couple from Picayune in the blog below, so it did receive compensation.

I frequently see nasty blogs from people who say the people who received free housing after Katrina were dead beats who ought to be glad they weren't living in a cardboard box. What they don't realize is that the people most harmed were elderly and handicapped with nowhere else to live. In some cases FEMA even coached people on how to "condition" the trailers to test lower for formaldehyde so they could be purchased. They told them to air condition the trailer while leaving the windows open--which lowers formaldehyde levels but isn't the way poor people can afford to live with the AC blasting and the windows open.

I'm thinking of veteran Mickey Kissiah of Gulfport who had to live in his FEMA trailer that tested very high in formaldehyde even while dying. A friend came to take care of him, and the friend also got sick from the fumes. Mickey was healthy before he got a FEMA trailer for housing, and used to walk miles every day. He became unable to even walk a block. He was a wonderful man who served his country with honor, and didn't deserve to be killed by FEMA.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Man headed to deathbed if can't get out of FEMA trailer

Charlie, 65, and Barbara Syrie, 55, Picayune, lived in a FEMA travel trailer for two years after Hurricane Katrina before receiving a Cavalier FEMA mobile home that they ended up purchasing because they had nowhere else to live. Both trailers were high in formaldehyde, and the health problems experienced by the Syries have multiplied. “Charlie has been in and out of hospital with pneumonia since January,” Barbara said, who has frequent migraine headaches, a sore throat and whose voice is now permanently hoarse. “He is on three different antibiotics and breathing machine treatments. We need to get out of this trailer. My husband is heading to his deathbed. We bought the shelter dog, and now the dog is ours.”
The Syrie’s lost two beloved cocker spaniels to bladder cancer they believe was caused by the formaldehyde. And now they are seeing lots of former FEMA trailers for sale in their area. They are concerned that the FEMA travel trailers do not contain the warnings that they aren’t supposed to be used for permanent housing as required when GSA sold the trailers at auction. “How can they sell them without warning anyone?” Barbara asks.
If the Syries don’t find alternative housing, Charlie is likely to die soon. If anyone can help, please call 601-798-7966.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Turbo/Maxx Fan Ventilator touted as best remedy?

Maxxair says that “After thorough testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MaxxAir Vent Corporation's Turbo/Maxx Fan Ventilator was found to be "the single, most effective unit evaluated" in reducing formaldehyde concentration. Decreasing formaldehyde gases in FEMA trailers approximately 79 percent, it outperformed all other tested devices. The CDC's full report can be found at www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehhe/trailerstudy/assessment.htm. For more information, call 800.780.9893, e-mail CustService@maxxair.com or visit www.maxxair.com.

Here are three responses to this news from people who have experience with toxic trailers:

*I was told by Keystone MFG. Company to use the Fan-astic Vent in my unit to help exchange the air. I also have a letter from mechanical engineer that the fan will exchange the air so fast that the heating and cooling can not keep up.

*This is basically, dilution is the solution. Pull fresh air in and out goes the A/C—Heat and the formaldehyde(HCHO). What a bunch of bull. The folks from FEMA need to be fired and then some.

*Most trailers do not come with the MaxxAir Vent Corporation's Turbo/Maxx Fan Ventilator and they are very high priced to get a good one. Putting that much money into a toxic trailer that needs to be destroyed is crazy.
We tried this fan, but the amount of water it made inside did not work. We had the air conditioner on high, windows open, double fan in the high bunk area blowing out, and air purifiers running. Bad thing is this made water form condensation on the air conditioner and the air condition vents, and kind of made it like rain under those areas of the camper inside. On top of that, the wiring and the 12-volt system in these trailers is not quite heavy enough to handle the load or the voltage they need.
Bill Lynch, unproud owner of a Forest River toxiccamper

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Obama signs landmark formaldehyde legislation!

See a link to Sierra Club's press release on Pres. Obama signing the formaldehyde legislation under Toxic Trailer News on the lower right...here is an excerpt:

"Without the action of Congress, better regulation of formaldehyde could have taken many years longer," said Becky Gillette, Formaldehyde Campaign Director for the Sierra Club. "This doesn't make up for the illnesses of tens of thousands of families housed in Katrina trailers with high formaldehyde levels. But it is encouraging to see that sometimes our government works for the people instead of for the profits of big corporations. Congress has taken a major step to protect people from unsafe levels of formaldehyde."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

respirators for oil field workers in FEMA trailers?

Great blog from another list:

Subject: Re: [Flood Relief Aid List] Impact Unclear of NIOSH/OSHA Respirator Recommend...

"Impact Unclear of NIOSH/OSHA Respirator Recommendations for Gulf Clean-up Workers"

Question: Do the Respirator Recommendations for the Gulf Clean-up Workers include wearing them in the formaldehyde Katrina trailers that have been brought back for the workers to live in?


I am just waiting for a forthcoming plan to put that discarded, toxic Chinese drywall on the beaches to soak up the oil!

Sharon Kramer

Friday, July 2, 2010

Oil cleanup workers being housed in Katrina FEMA trailers

Ian Urbina with the New York Times broke the story Thursday (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/us/01trailers.html) that some former Katrina FEMA trailers are being used to house oil spill cleanup workers. There are even plans to put 300 of these on a barge out in the Gulf! People living in these trailers are reporting the same problems with formaldehyde causing burning eyes, sore throat, coughing, etc. that were widespread with the hurricane disaster victims. If you know anyone being housed in these stinking trailers, CNN wants to hear from you. Go to link below.


While the middlemen who made a killing selling these trailers--buying them cheap from the government and then jacking up the price eight to ten fold--claim the trailers have aged enough that formaldehyde is not longer a problem. That simply is not true. Recent testing of FEMA travel trailers being auctioned continue to show unacceptably high formaldehyde levels. The problems is particularly acute in hot, humid climates like the Gulf Coast in the summertime.

Very sad these cleanup workers are being exposed to toxic dispersants, burning oil, and oil while at work, and then their "home sweet home" is housing that tested so high in formaldehyde that FEMA evacuated everyone out of them. These workers are getting a triple whammy of toxic exposure.