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, January 13, 2017
Message from Nick Shapiro with Public Lab: Public Lab is collaborating with researchers at Morphix Technologies, Ohio State University, University of Buffalo, and Syracuse University in an NSF-funded project to design a new extremely low-cost system for formaldehyde detection. We are hoping to design a system that is broadly accessible and of interest to people everywhere.Please help us design a better system by completing this survey, helping us ensure that what we develop will meet your needs. We’ll close the survey on January 31st. Thank you so much for your time! Our finished product should be available within a year and the coding on our badge analysis app will be openly licensed so that it can be applied to other environmental justice issues.