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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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Laws still lacking to protect people from formaldehyde

Recently I had a call from a woman whose son wanted to go stay with his grandfather in North Dakota who had just purchased a new Schult manufactured home. The woman was concerned because she and her son had lived in the Henness Flats Apartment complex in Truckee, CA, where they became ill from high formaldehyde levels. A formaldehyde test kit was sent to the grandfather, who has numerous health problems. The test results came back at .2 ppm, which is extremely high. It is twice the level that someone should be exposed to for even short periods of time. When told of the test results, the grandfather said, “Well, can’t do anything about it now. Guess I’m stuck with it.” That is a sad dilemma faced by people who buy a home and later find out it has high formaldehyde levels. What can they do? Manufacturers and sellers deny there is a problem, and the new CARB formaldehyde standards adopted by Congress are not yet being enforced except in California. EPA has not yet issued rulemaking on CARB, and you can bet are hearing a lot more from those who profit from making formaldehyde and buying cheap toxic wood products to put in furniture and homes than from the people who are getting poisoned by formaldehyde.

Note also that FEMA has stopped testing new trailers purchased for formaldehyde because "we are buying the same thing for sale across the country." FEMA seems to have learned nothing from the disaster after Katrina putting thousands of families in trailers with high formaldehyde levels. It is okay to expose people to toxic levels of formaldehyde because "everybody does it."