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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.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The toxic trailers that keep on killing

The last FEMA trailer has left New Orleans, but FEMA auctioned off more than 100,000 of these trailers even after widespread government testing confirmed the high formaldehyde levels Sierra Club found after people started getting sick in the trailers after Hurricane Katrina. Six years after the storm there are now people across the U.S. living in the old FEMA trailers, experiencing the same health problems reported by survivors and Katrina and Rita--headaches, nosebleeds, frequent sinus infections, rashes, breathing difficulties, worsening COPD. A number of people have died. FEMA is guilty of manslaughter, but was absolved of all responsibility by a Bush-appointed federal judge.

It is sad most people were harmed more by Hurricane FEMA than by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Last Katrina FEMA trailer leaves New Orleans

(AP) NEW ORLEANS — The last of the once-ubiquitous FEMA trailers has been removed from New Orleans more than six years after floodwalls and levees broke during Hurricane Katrina and caused the city to fill with floodwaters.

"That's an end of an era," said Becky Gillette, a Sierra Club activist who led efforts to expose problems with high-levels of formaldehyde in the FEMA trailers sent to the Gulf Coast. "Most of those people would have been better off living in a tent in terms of their health."

She added: "My job isn't done because FEMA dumped all those poisonous trailers on the market."

FEMA's trailers have ended up around the country, she said. "I'm getting calls from families all over the country now. Families are getting sick."