Thanks to the FEMA trailers, everyone is clued into--or thinks they're clued into--the dangers of this chemical.
Naturally, the plaintiff's lawyers are all over this, as are the Feds, trying to solve this problem with even more regulation. Actually, regs have been in place for a long time regarding formaldehyde emissions coming from manufactured wood products (from HUD). Of course, having these in place didn't prevent some errant trailers from being deployed.
It turns our that only a very small number of units even had a problem, based on rational and current regulatory levels. BUT--this won't stop the regulatory geniuses and the fear entrepreneurs, who are now talking about regulatory levels that approach the amount of formaldehyde in human breath.
Check out my Health News Digest piece