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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, 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.