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  • Contaminated FEMA Trailers

    ...sounds pretty f-ed up.

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — For nearly a year now, the ubiquitous FEMA trailer has sheltered tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. But there is growing concern that even as it staved off the elements, it was exposing its inhabitants to a toxic gas that could pose both immediate and long-term health risks.

    The gas is formaldehyde, the airborne form of a chemical used in a wide variety of products, including composite wood and plywood panels in the thousands of travel trailers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency purchased after Katrina to house hurricane victims. It also is considered a human carcinogen, or cancer-causing substance, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


    Pediatrician saw unusual illnesses
    Dr. Scott Needle, a pediatrician in Bay St. Louis, said he noticed some unusual and persistent health problems among his patients living in the trailers well before the possible link to formaldehyde exposure surfaced.
    “I was seeing kids coming in with respiratory complaints – colds and sinus infections – and they were getting them over and over again,” he said. “…Almost invariably, these families were staying in the FEMA trailers.”
    A class-action lawsuit also has been filed in Louisiana, naming the federal government and trailer manufacturers as defendants and alleging that “the temporary housing is unsafe and presents a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of plaintiffs and their families.”

    FOR THE REST: Are FEMA trailers toxic tin cans'? (it's a pretty long article, two pages) I recommend reading it all...
    Last edited by Agaliha; May 18th, 2007, 09:36 PM.

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    These gases have been making us humans sick for a long time. They come from most paints, from new carpet, from plywood, from new vinyl flooring, from new upholstry... the chemicals have been used in manufacture for years and there are already concerns.

    Most paint companies are offering low and even zero VOC paints these days.

    Hopefully other manufacturers are also looking for new "green solutions".
    If you make a customer happy, he'll tell 3 other people.
    If he's not happy, he'll tell 20 others.