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.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Katrina FEMA trailer victims suffered in vain
Please read this excellent in-depth article on this topic in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/business/energy-environment/the-uphill-battle-to-better-regulate-formaldehyde.html Ten years after tens of thousands of Americans were poisoned by formaldehyde in FEMA trailers, members of Congress who favor campaign contributions more than the health of their constituents have interfered with the process of establishing EPA regulations to adequately protect consumers. This failure condemns many children to asthma, headaches, learning difficulties and cancer. Especially at risk at the most vulnerable, the unborn, young children, people with health problems such as cancer or emphysema, and the elderly. The sad thing is that there are safer alternatives now like no-formaldehyde soy binders that could replace formaldehyde as glue in these pressed wood products. But, hey, let's not worry about it, eh? It is mostly low income people the most affected, and we all know how little Congress care about them. After all, they don't give large campaign contributions.