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.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Parade uses formaldehyde as example of failure to control unsafe chemicals

One of largest news magazines in the country, Parade, had a story this past weekend, Why Are So Few Chemicals Tested?:
"Under the TSCA, chemicals are presumed safe unless proven otherwise. However, the burden of proof is high, and the process can be influenced by politics. For example, although three major studies have shown that formaldehyde, a common ingredient in building materials, is linked to blood and lymphatic cancers and other illnesses, efforts by the EPA to restrict its use have failed thus far—because, some activists charge, of political and industry pressures."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

FEMA travel trailers don't have warning notices

Channel 12 News reports there are no warning labels regarding former FEMA travel trailers at an auction of the travel trailers in North Augusta, S.C. "Augusta Auto Auction allowed our crew to enter and video all of the trailer units. We did find that several contained mold, rotten wood, and water damage on the interior walls. In an on-camera interview with News 12, auction Vice-President David Bynum says he has "no concerns" about the trailers for sale, and adds most of the formaldehyde concerns in previous models were eliminated by allowing the units to "air out". ...Our News 12 crew observed no warning labels posted on auction materials or inside the trailers themselves that disclosed the history of the trailers, or the housing restrictions." The warning labels were required by the government as was signing a contract agreeing not to advertise or use the travel trailers for permanent housing."

If this is being done right now, imagine what will happen as these trailers are sold and resold. Those warning stickers will disappear, just as formaldehyde warnings on mobile homes leaving the factory have routinely disappeared on sales lots for years.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

skin problems from formaldehyde?

Have others who have lived in travel trailers have a psoriasis-like eruptions on their skin? When I was in the FEMA travel trailer I had something like that and some type skin growths. I witnessed one lady in a FEMA travel trailer where I lived who had terrible crusty things all over her. I recently met a man here who started living in an older camper (Fleetwood) and he thinks these things on his arms and hands may have started since he's in this trailer. I would be interested to know how many others have had something like this. Jerrye

Monday, May 17, 2010

FEMA trailer sellers lying about formaldehyde

An article in the Courier Journal in Kentucky (http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100514/NEWS01/5140402/Former+FEMA+trailers+not+health+concern++auction+s+organizers+say) this weekend quoted sellers of FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes as stating the trailers have NO FORMALDEHYDE AT ALL! So much for the government requiring warnings on the travel trailers that they should not be used as permanent housing. Once being assured by the seller there are no problems with formaldehyde, people will have a false sense of security. In fact, both government and private testing shows that formaldehyde levels continue to be high in these former FEMA trailers.
This recent email that is typical of ones being received by this website:
“My parents are currently living in a FEMA trailer. They have resided in it since December. Since moving into the trailer, they have had persistent illnesses. I couldn't figure out why because it is unlike them to stay sick so often for long periods of time. My brother told me that there have been reported cases of people becoming sick supposedly from these trailers or other kinds. What steps do I take to find out if this is the cause?
And here is a response from Harriett McFeely (profiled in the YouTube video linked above right re the impact of high formaldehyde levels on pets as well as people):
“Everytime I read these reports I get so damn mad all over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My 5 dogs are dead, our health is majorally affected, our eyes STILL BURN and are affected............our food tastes like tin foil, we still have muscle aches and weakness, we have a hard time "figuring thing out (putting a new bag in the vacuum cleaner), memory is shot. We have spent over $25,000 trying to get rid of the formaldehyde and that wiped out our savings. A good friend is dead after moving into a brand new modular, and nobody in their right mind would buy our house!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

American Cancer Society engages in "cancer chemical cover-up"

Excellent article in Natural News (http://www.naturalnews.com/028765_environmental_chemicals_cancer.html) says: The American Cancer Society, not surprisingly, was quick to bash the report (from the President's Cancer Panel). The ACS is one of the sick-care cancer industry front groups that reinforces consumer ignorance about both the causes and the solutions for cancer. The ACS has, for decades, engaged in what can only be called a "cancer chemical cover-up" with its denials that environmental chemicals cause cancer."

The American Cancer Society was not just unhelpful with a push to get EPA to adopt the California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde standards, but openly hostile to volunteers who tried to get the ACS on board. The ACS "expert" claimed there is little evidence that formaldehyde causes cancer.

Friday, May 7, 2010

President's Cancer Panel points to formaldehyde as leading cause of cancervironmental cancer

See articles under toxic trailer news re a President's Cancer Panel says the amount of environmentally induced cancer has been underestimated:

"Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and experts at the National Cancer Institute say that at least two-thirds of cases are due to environmental factors. The President’s Cancer Panel believes this to be “grossly underestimated” and eradicating the threats should be a priority for President Obama," says an article in Examhealth.com.

"The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated,” the authors Dr. LaSalle Leffall Jr of Howard University and Vivian Smith of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center write. "The panel urges you most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation's productivity, and devastate American lives.

"...The panel singled out three chemicals as dangerous and an immediate priority: formaldehyde, benzene and radon."

FEMA mobile homes don't come with warning?

It appears that the warnings and contract not to use former FEMA trailers as housing only applies to RVs and not mobile homes. This is despite extensive testing by CDC that showed formaldehyde is a problem in the mobile homes, too. We saw the judge in the FEMA trailers cases arbitrarily dismiss about 10,000 claims in the FEMA trailer litigation because their housing was mobile homes instead of RVs. Evidently the thinking is that since HUD ‘regulates’ formaldehyde in wood products used for manufactured housing, this gives manufacturers and the government a get-out- of-jail free card. Nevermind that HUD doesn’t enforce the regulations—there is no testing for compliance—and the HUD levels were set far, far, far too high in order to please the formaldehyde industry.