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, August 27, 2010

FEMA coached people on how to get low formaldehyde test results

CNN ran a story last night about how FEMA coached disaster victims whose trailers had failed formaldehyde tests about how to retest and get lower numbers in order to buy their trailer from FEMA. The Picayune couple profiled in the story initially tested at 77 ppb when the limit for being able to purchase the trailer was 40 ppb. FEMA came out to retest and told them to open all the windows, and keep it cool and aired out while testing. The test was taken at only 56 degrees, and came in below 40 ppb. Formaldehyde levels greatly increase with heat and humidity. But people can't live comfortably at 56 degrees with all the windows open. When the Syries were tested by CNN this week when it was hot and humid, they tested at 117 ppb--which is over the limit for what you should be exposed to for even 15 minutes. It is three times over the limit set by FEMA. The Syrie's have been living in a formaldehyde fog now for five years, and both are sick. They have nowhere else to live.

Some FEMA trailers failed three tests even with FEMA coaching people how to get low numbers. And guess what happened to those trailers? They were auctioned off to the public and given to Native Americans. They are being used to house oilfield workers on the Gulf Coast and North Dakota. Many people are at risk because of the government's negligence in selling these trailers government testing had proved was hazardous.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cancer research donor fights designation of formaldehyde as carcinogen

Jane Mayer with the New Yorker has reported that "at the same time that David Koch has been casting himself as a champion in the fight against cancer, Koch Industries has been lobbying to prevent the E.P.A. from classifying formaldehyde, which the company produces in great quantities, as a “known carcinogen” in humans."
While research has shown people exposed to higher amounts of formaldehyde had significantly higher rates of leukemia, Koch Industries has been a large funder of members of Congress who have stymied the EPA., requiring it to defer new regulations until more studies are completed, Mayer's reports.
Ironically, David Koch has had prostate cancer--which is an epidemic in this country because of toxic chemical exposure--but did not recuse himself from the National Cancer Advisory Board, or divest himself of company stock, while his company was directly lobbying the government to keep formaldehyde on the market.
Koch Industries subsidiaries have given major campaign contributions to the Formaldehyde Senator David Vitter of LA, and also to James Inhofe, R-Okla., both of whom have worked hard to to make sure the poisoning continues.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=10#ixzz0xcoROqDa

Friday, August 6, 2010

FEMA trailers sold without formaldehyde warning

We are seeing news reports across the country regarding former FEMA trailers being sold to unsuspecting buyers without the warning stickers for formaldehyde that were supposed to be prominently displayed. WSB-TV in Atlanta says a couple who bought such a trailer recently was lied to and told it wasn't a FEMA trailer, and wasn't warned about the formaldehyde risk.
See: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/24529466/detail.html.

On the first camping, trip the couple who bought the trailer got sick with headaches and nausea. And no wonder! The trailer tested at .323--more than three times what people should be exposed to for even 15 minutes!

From the new report: Wilson also told Strickland that the government's warning sticker was not on the camper. “And it prompts you to the question, ‘Why are these campers back in circulation?’” she said.

GOOD QUESTION! And so much for The Formaldehyde Council lies that formaldehyde in trailers decreases over time to safe levels.