How can the government allow those !!known contaminated!! Trailers to be sold to the unsuspecting public?? After all the problems and illness and cancers those cheap-made, slapped together government offerings caused....they have the gall to turn around and add insult to injury and try to make yet another buck off the suffering of people? And they are not only selling them, they are using them as housing for several of the oil spill clean-up crews!
How much longer are folks going to allow the government to do this sort of thing? These trailers are a severe health hazard and they not only knew it back with Katrina, they know it hasn't changed any over time, and yet they are more concerned with recouping some of their $2million so here we go again...a new round of citizens being poisoned by the good ol' USA at-large.
Enjoy your "independence day" folks...and ponder what the government does in public view...and just imagine what they have done in secret you don't even know about yet.
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Friday, July 2, 2010
Oil cleanup workers being housed in Katrina FEMA trailers
Ian Urbina with the New York Times broke the story Thursday (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/us/01trailers.html) that some former Katrina FEMA trailers are being used to house oil spill cleanup workers. There are even plans to put 300 of these on a barge out in the Gulf! People living in these trailers are reporting the same problems with formaldehyde causing burning eyes, sore throat, coughing, etc. that were widespread with the hurricane disaster victims. If you know anyone being housed in these stinking trailers, CNN wants to hear from you. Go to link below.
While the middlemen who made a killing selling these trailers--buying them cheap from the government and then jacking up the price eight to ten fold--claim the trailers have aged enough that formaldehyde is not longer a problem. That simply is not true. Recent testing of FEMA travel trailers being auctioned continue to show unacceptably high formaldehyde levels. The problems is particularly acute in hot, humid climates like the Gulf Coast in the summertime.
Very sad these cleanup workers are being exposed to toxic dispersants, burning oil, and oil while at work, and then their "home sweet home" is housing that tested so high in formaldehyde that FEMA evacuated everyone out of them. These workers are getting a triple whammy of toxic exposure.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Congress passes formaldehyde act!
The U.S. House today approved Senate Bill 1660, a bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products. It was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and earlier passed the Senate. THANK YOU SENATOR KLOBUCHAR!! With Congressional approval, it now goes to President Obama for his signature to make it law.
This doesn't make up for the tens of thousands of Americans who have gotten sick from formaldehyde outgassing from wood products. But it is vindication for the families in FEMA trailers whose complaints about burning eyes, sore throats, headaches and respiratory problems from the formaldehyde were ignored for years.
This is not entire answer to formaldehyde exposure. Formaldehyde is also used in clothing, personal care products, in vaccines, in products put in RV holding tanks, etc. But wood products are one of the largest sources of formaldehyde. Without passage of this bill, it would have been several more years before EPA would have been able to regulate formaldehyde under the TSCA.
Next up, let's hope Congress improves and then passes the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 reforming TSCA. Go to http://blog.saferchemicals.org/2010/06/tired-of-toxics-give-congress-a-jingle.html to take action