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, November 8, 2013
This is very odd! The settlement checks on the lawsuit are a joke. But the settlement wasn’t with FEMA so why is the Better Business Bureau telling people to check with FEMA? http://www.wwltv.com/news/FEMA-sends-extra-settlement-checks-to-plaintiffs-in-formaldehyde-suit-230909371.html NEW ORLEANS -- Debra Coleman was among tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents who joined class action lawsuits against manufacturers of FEMA trailers delivered in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The plaintiffs claimed dangerous levels of formaldehyde caused health complications. Coleman said she and her husband spent more than a year in a FEMA trailer as they rebuilt their Gentilly home. "I had asthma and it would get worse in the trailer. My husband would get headaches. His nose would run in that trailer," said Coleman. The manufacturers eventually settled. Many of the plaintiffs recently received their settlement checks. Coleman's check arrived last Friday. The amount was $33.02 "I'm not disputing that," Coleman said. "I know it was a class action thing and the lawyers were going to get a lot of the money." The concern Coleman has is the second batch of settlement checks she and her husband received. The information appeared to be correct -- the same dollar amount, the same address, the same first name. But the last names were wrong. "I'm Debra Coleman. The second check was to Debra MacDonald. My husband got his check. The first one was to him, Clarence Coleman. But the second one was to a Clarence McDaniel," said Coleman. She said she deposited the check made out to her with no issue but was unsure of what to do with the second round of checks she and her husband received. She tried calling the phone number on the back of the check but says she got no reply. Coleman said she knows of at least a dozen other people who joined the class action lawsuit who also received two checks. "It's rather odd that they would receive a second check with the wrong last name. Something is going on here obviously," said Cynthia Albert of the Better Business Bureau. Albert said she's unsure if the multiple issuing of checks is an administrative mistake or part of a scam. Fake checking scams, she said, are fairly common but often entail much larger amounts of money. While the checks involved may seem insignificant, Albert said possible mistakes on a mass scale can add up. "That could be a tremendous amount of money, and that's why I think anybody receiving something like this should report it immediately," said Albert. The Better Business Bureau urges people to call FEMA directly to report issues with settlement checks. It also reminds people to avoid giving out personal information when dealing with unknown entities. FEMA did not respond to request for comment.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Re the video Formaldehyde = Dead Pets, Sick People on this website, had this same thing not happened to my family in our new residence I would have said it was bs. But after my dogs became seriously ill on the new carpets and my son and I lost our health and continue to battle our toxic systems over 2 years later. Its a nightmare you cant wake from.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The article just proves that a narcissistic womanizer who lies to his constituents, cheats on his wife and puts multinational corporations over his patriotic duty to his country can thrive in the Senate as long as he has the chemical industry’s money and the Fox News spin machine behind him!!! Paul http://www.dcbureau.org/201306108685/natural-resources-news-service/david-vitter-the-republican-senate-leader-on-the-environment.html#more-8685 David Vitter: The Republican Senate Leader on the Environment By Rose Ellen O'Connor, on June 10th, 2013 Natural Resources News Service Eight leather chairs on the podium in the ornate Senate hearing room sat empty as Democrats took their seats on the dais. It was May 9 and the Environment and Public Works Committee had been scheduled for days to consider the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. ....For years, if you asked environmentalists to name the worst senator for their causes, most would have said, “James Inhofe” (R-OK). He had Vitter’s job on the committee for years and left in November 2012 for a similar position on the Committee on Armed Services. Inhofe was much more outspoken than Vitter on his views regarding the environment and climate science. He believes climate change is a hoax. But both come from states whose largest employers and contributors are also their largest polluters. So once again the leading Republican in the Senate on environmental issues is the champion of the petroleum and chemical industries. And in the Senate, that means little will be done to increase enforcement of environmental regulations or the power of the EPA.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Sierra Club Statement on EPA Proposed Rule Limiting Formaldehyde in Wood Products WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new
safeguard that will help limit dangerous formaldehyde emissions that come from the manufacturing of wood products. Formaldehyde is used in adhesives to make building materials and products, and exposure to the chemical can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, other respiratory symptoms and, in certain cases, cancer.
The law directing EPA to instate the safeguard was passed by Congress in 2010 with widespread support from industry, especially the Composite Panel Association, and bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate.
In response, Becky Gillette, Sierra Club’s Volunteer Formaldehyde Campaign Director, released the following statement:
"Today, the EPA took a significant step forward in its efforts to protect Americans from a toxic chemical that sometimes makes its way into our homes through wood products -- formaldehyde.
“This protection will benefit all Americans since these wood products -- commonly known as particle board or pressed wood -- are used in thousands of products such as furniture, cabinets and flooring.
“The Sierra Club thanks Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Crapo and Representative Doris Matsui for their vital support of this important public health issue, as well as the California Air Resources Board for leading the way with its innovative, market-based approach to solving a complex problem.
"The Sierra Club urges the EPA to move forward quickly to finalize this long overdue protection as well as the rule ensuring that imported wood complies with the standards, since it is not clear that overseas producers are as prepared to protect families and consumers from formaldehyde.”
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Formaldehyde found in baby clothing By Lindsey Seavert ISANTI, Minn. (KARE) - A nine-month KARE 11 investigation uncovered levels of formaldehyde in several items of baby clothing. Formaldehyde is a chemical the U.S. government calls a carcinogen, or known cancer-causing chemical, but the substance is not regulated. The test results prompted Sen. Amy Klobuchar to step in, asking the government take a second look at regulating the chemical, especially when it's added to clothing for babies. http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/380682/28/Investigation-uncovers-formaldehyde-in-baby-clothing
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
How many mattresses from China are imported to the U.S.? Sounds like there could be a big problem with formaldehyde in these mattresses. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/beijing/2013-04/15/content_16402274.htm Mattress makers get wake-up call Updated: 2013-04-15 /By Chen Xin (China Daily) Half of the mattresses sold in Beijing are substandard, the city's consumer watchdog said on Sunday. Of the 50 products tested at the National Center for Quality Supervision and Inspection of Furniture and Indoor Environment, 25 failed for such things as color fading, fabric use, toxic substances and durability. Samples were taken from 50 manufacturers in Beijing and Tianjin, as well as Hebei, Shandong, Guangdong, Guizhou and Zhejiang provinces. Thirteen were palm fiber mattresses and the others were spring mattresses. ...The formaldehyde content in some products was 30 times acceptable levels, according to Liu Hailing, a division chief overseeing indoor environmental inspection at the center. Under the national standard, formaldehyde emissions from a mattress may not exceed 0.05 milligrams per square meter per hour. "Inhaling formaldehyde could cause constriction in the chest and coughing, and other respiratory diseases. It could also lead to cancers and leukemia in children if the exposure to the formaldehyde is lengthy," said Zhao Ping, vice-president of the Cancer Foundation of China. The consumer association said it informed the manufacturers of the substandard mattresses and commerce authorities are investigating. Qu Shengping, general manager of Beijing Hongdameidi, whose products showed excessive formaldehyde and weak durability in testing, admitted they used cheap glue and fabric to produce mattresses. Qu said the sample the Beijing Consumer Association tested was from the inventory. "We received the test results from the association in February, and, actually, we did not put that batch of products on the market," he said. The test results showed that a product of Beijing Yasili, another furniture producer, was substandard in color fading resistance, fabric used, formaldehyde content and durability. Chen, general manager of Yasili, said the association had the product tested early this year but it took the sample from the company in June last year. "In fact, some customers had called us and complained that the mattresses gave off bad odors and we refunded their purchases," he said. Chen said they recalled those mattresses from dealers at the end of November. "The mattress makers involved should compensate customers, and commerce authorities should fine them," said Ge Youshan, a lawyer who specializes in consumer rights. "More serious penalties, such as suspending or revoking their business licenses, could be used if producers continue to make substandard goods." email@example.com This article seems to indicate quite a few mattresses in the U.S. originate in China. Chemicals in the crib December 28, 2012|By Patricia Callahan and Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune reporters Three popular brands of baby mattresses that were marketed in recent months to families and day care centers contained toxic flame retardants linked to increased cancer risk, according to laboratory tests conducted for the Chicago Tribune. One member of that family of chemicals, known collectively as chlorinated tris, was removed from children's pajamas over cancer concerns a generation ago. Yet that same flame retardant turned up in significant amounts in 11 baby mattresses sold recently by national and local retailers under the Babies R Us, Foundations and Angeles brands. Two other mattresses made by Angeles contained a related form of tris. While furniture-makers often add flame retardants to the polyurethane foam cushioning in sofas and upholstered chairs, the test results on infant mattresses surprised and alarmed some scientists who have studied the chemicals. Babies and even toddlers can spend 12 or more hours a day in a crib, and foam mattresses can meet federal fire-safety rules without the use of chemicals.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Weslee, one of the FEMA trailer "blue babies", has passed away. His lungs gave out. His mother Jennifer talks about her experience being pregnant with Weslee while living in a FEMA trailer with high formaldehyde levels in a YouTube video posted on this page. A number of FEMA trailer babies would turn blue, and get rushed to the emergency room with doctors unable to understand what was wrong with them. Wesley's condition deteriorated over the years. He would have hundreds of seizures per day. Jennifer provided loving care to him for years, and now has had to say goodbye to him. This is what she posted on Facebook: "My little angel went to join all the other little angels in heaven a little while ago. If my love could've saved you Weslee, you would have lived forever. R.I.P.my darling boy." And this is from an earlier post: "Faith is sometimes the only thing you have. With faith you can press during the dark times. Have faith & it will light your path through the mist of despair." Many, many other FEMA children continue to suffer today from being exposed to high formaldehyde levels. Parents report high rates of asthma, bronchitis and allergies, chronic coughing, and problems with learning disabilities. The children are also at greater risk for cancer. I continue to get calls from parents who have moved into former FEMA trailers that weren't supposed to be rented for long term occupancy. Their children have gotten sick, and often parents have trouble getting out of the lease. These toxic trailers are continuing to cause illnesses across the country.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Noticed that you sanction Evergreen RVs. Be advised that it has formaldehyde and several VOCs. We were excited when we heard about them and read their brochures, because we wanted to buy a new RV. We looked at a couple of them at a dealership in Rockport, Texas. They stunk of chemicals just as bad as the other brands. I called several times and finally got the CEO on the phone. He said that a few specific materials were now formaldehyde free, such as the plywood under the bed, for example. But when I asked about the vinyl-covered paneling, floor covering and cabinets, he replied they were made of conventional RV materials, which could contain VOCs and formaldehyde, not always, but could, he said. I asked why his brochure and website said VOC-free. He claimed that he was not aware of that being stated. I asked him to check and call me back after he had seen that. He didn't call me. So, please, please, for yourself, find a dealer who sells Evergreen. Go in one. Let your nose tell you. If you do not remember me, I'm the guy with the blog about toxic materials and safe alternatives. In other words, I'm not a tree hugger; I know about VOCs and formaldehyde. I majored in chemistry in college, in a former lifetime. http://protectyourfamilyfromhazardmaterials.blogspot.com/ Best, Bob G from Corpus Christi