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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The largest mass poisoning of Americans by their government, the exposure to high levels of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, has resulted in what one of the former FEMA trailer residents calls: AMERICAN JUSTICE The Katrina survivors who FEMA knowingly exposed to formaldehyde in FEMA trailers get $300 bucks and the lawyers get over $20 million. That $300 isn't likely to pay for even one emergency room visit. AP's MICHAEL KUNZELMAN reports that "A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. ...Gerald Meunier, a lead plaintiffs’ attorney, said the deal provides residents with ‘‘somewhat modest’’ compensation but allows both sides to avoid the expense and risks of protracted litigation. ‘‘Dollar amounts alone do not determine whether a settlement is fair and reasonable,’’ he said. Easy for for the plaintiff lawyers to say when get to bank millions compared to hundreds for the people who got sick or died as a result of formaldehyde exposure. Here is another quote from the AP story: Engelhardt noted he received a letter from a woman whose 66-year-old mother, Agnes Mauldin, of Mississippi, died of leukemia in 2008 after living in a FEMA trailer. Mauldin’s daughter, Lydia Greenlees, said the settlement offers “very little” for what her family considers to be a wrongful death case. “I am saddened about the settlement in that I feel like it makes a mockery of my mother’s life,” Greenlees wrote. “I don’t want anyone to think for one second that I view this settlement as a fair trade for my mother’s life. I do not.” THE FINAL INSULT? FEMA is back to no longer testing emergency housing for formaldehyde before purchasing it. FEMA says they are just buying what is available for purchase on any trailer sales lot in America. So since the American public at large is not being protected from housing with elevated levels of formaldehyde, why should disaster victims be treated any better? So the manufactured housing industry gets to continuing using cheap, formaldehyde emitting products instead of using the safer alternatives to formaldehyde binders that now exist like Soyad.