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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.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Formaldehyde case study in EPA paralysis

"Formaldehyde is a case study in EPA paralysis. Despite being widely acknowledged as causing cancer, political meddling and endless review have stalled agency efforts to reduce consumer and worker exposures," said Environmental Working Group senior scientist David Andrews, Ph.D. "In 2008, the Government Accountability Office highlighted formaldehyde as one of three pressing examples of political interference hindering the Agency's efforts to "complete timely, credible assessments" for hazardous chemicals. Further delays in EPA's formaldehyde assessment mean more risk to consumers, and more cancer."

Saturday, April 9, 2011

National Academy of Sciences DID support EPA conclusions on formaldehyde!

An article published in the New York Times today is headlined: NAS Reviewers Slam EPA's Formaldehyde Assessment. An article yesterday in the Times Picayune had similar conclusions. See links under toxics trailer news for entire articles.

Here is an excerpt: Becky Gillette, the formaldehyde campaign director at the Sierra Club, said industry has wielded its considerable influence to stall EPA's assessment process.

"The strategy of 'we need more study' has been successful for decades in making big profits for companies that produce and use formaldehyde," Gillette said. "The problem is those profits have come at the expense of human lives. ... I hope that EPA will not let this delaying tactic keep it from doing its job."

"Chemical watchdogs point out that EPA currently lags behind other health organizations in how it characterizes formaldehyde. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said formaldehyde is a known carcinogen in 2006. The Department of Health and Human Services has also reached a similar conclusion.

"In May of 2009, the National Cancer Institute released study results linking formaldehyde exposure to leukemia. IARC and the U.S. National Toxicology Program released similar findings later that year.

"Until the ongoing EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment is finalized, EPA will continue to list formaldehyde as a "probable" carcinogen and will not be able to set more stringent standards on the chemical."


HOWEVER, it is important to note that Mary DeVany, the industrial hygienist who has provided so much valuable assistance to our formaldehyde campaign, read the whole study and says the summary they sent out does not accurately reflect what the NAS panel said! Mary says:

"Of great significance is that the summary of the full NAS report is NOT an accurate summary of the NAS report. For whatever reason(s), it is carefully worded to lead the reader to the conclusion that the EPA report is not based on good science and it is overly protective. This is not what the 154-page NAS report states at all.