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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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Family sick in manufactured home

I have some concerns about my home. I have four children, three of whom are still under 18 and live at home. About two weeks after move in I saw a health notice on the side of the fridge. I was concerned and did some research. I was a little nervous about it but we had suffered from two house fires in two years and I just didn't want to believe that something could really be wrong. Stupid, I know, but we had suffered a lot.
Anyway, during this last winter my kids and I have been sick. Mostly upper respiratory illnesses but my boys have been sick also and they have always been healthy. My youngest son came down with pneumonia. We went on vacation this last March and I noticed that none of us had a runny stuffy nose, our eyes didn't water and my daughter’s persistent cough went away.
I bought a formaldehyde test and the results came back at 0.062 ppm. Some websites say that isn't that bad some say it can be. I am wondering if it is, especially since we had the windows open and fans blowing while we did the test. Can you please send me information as to what I should do and if I should be concerned.

Tonya: Your family has all the classic symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning—including getting better when you leave the home environment. Formaldehyde outgassing can go up dramatically with heat and humidity. So, you can test with the fans on and windows open at get a relatively low number. However, is that how your family normally lives? And did you do this during the hot weather?
I would be concerned about 0.062 especially with fans on and windows open. It is above what you should be exposed to for 1-14 days.

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) [US DHHS, CDC]
Minimal Risk Levels (MRL)
Acute MRL: 0.04 ppm (1-14 days exposure)
Intermediate duration MRL: 0.03 ppm (>14-364 days exposure)
Chronic duration MRL: 0.008 ppm (365 or more days exposure)

Health Canada
Residential Indoor Air Quality Guidelines
One hour exposure limit: 0.1 ppm
Eight hour exposure limit; 0.04 ppm

Friday, June 17, 2011

American Cancer Society runs away with the cure for cancer

The American Cancer Society is at it again making world safe for big polluters and the companies that profit off the cancer treatments that result from the deliberatefailure to properly regulate dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde. An ACS expert is quoted in a recent AP story as saying the average American has little cancer risk from exposure to formaldehyde.

Having worked with hundreds of families poisoned by formaldehyde in FEMA trailers, I find it shocking to see this whitewash of formaldehyde at the same time the government--20 years overdue--has properly accessed its cancer risk. In addition to cancer, formaldehyde exposure causes burning eyes, runny nose, breathing difficulties, asthma and a host of other problems. People are overexposed to formaldehyde not just in trailers but in homes that use cabinets with a lot of the pressed wood products that emit formaldehyde. They are overexposed in hair salons, and they even use a lot of formaldehyde in some clothing.

Just Google American Cancer Society bias towards big industry and you will get lots of hits like this one:



"Instead of the cure we were promised 40 years ago, what we have gotten for all the billions of dollars spent is a bloated cancer industry, including charitable organizations and government agencies, whose continued existence, salaried positions and benefits depend on NOT finding a cure for cancer.

"A vivid illustration (of how companies that cause cancer and profit from cancer influence charitable organizations as well as cancer treatments and research) can be found in the in-depth article "Breast Cancer Deception - Hiding the Truth Beneath a Sea of Pink":


As detailed in the article, the Breast Cancer Awareness Movement (BCAM) was started and controlled by a chemical company whose toxic emissions were one of the largest cancer causers in the United States. To this very day, the BCAM continues to be controlled by companies, who seek to divert attention away from their toxic and unhealthy products and who direct research and treatment towards highly profitable products and services by companies who play large roles in BCAM.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030521_American_Cancer_Society_cure.html#ixzz1PXKakJvn

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Government names formaldehyde as carcinogen!

Today the government released its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC) - naming styrene and formaldehyde as among the chemicals that are known (formaldehyde) or reasonably anticipated (styrene) to cause cancer in humans (see the media announcement here). This is a really big deal, because the chemical industry has been fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent these assessments - actually to prevent the whole report - from being finalized. It’s been held up for four years by industry interference, but the public has a right to know about the chemical risks that are foisted upon us through air and water pollution, off-gassing from consumer products, inadequate or unenforced regulations, etc.

Jennifer Sass, NRDC (see link to longer blog by Sass plus New York Times article under Toxic Trailer News)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Retailers get to keep selling high formaldehyde products

Furniture Today reports that "California furniture retailers are among those that have been given more time to sell off product that doesn't comply with the state's stringent new composite panel regulations." The California Air Resources Board has extended two sell-through dates that affect enforcement of the first phase of new composite panel regulations for formaldehyde. The extension affects Phase 1 sell-through dates for distributors, importers, fabricators, and retailers of finished goods containing hardwood plywood with a veneer core, according to the advisory. The deadline to sell that product was extended from June 30 of this year to June 30, 2012.

It is too bad they just keep extending the dates for making people comply with the lower formaldehyde levels....they get a whole another year to continue to import bad products, and what do you want to bet that in a year they’lll cry “bad economy” and get to extend it again?