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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.

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.