Pesticide test at Ft. Bragg housing find no threats, infants deaths still unexplained
A follow-up pesticide testing conducted in homes on Fort Bragg have concluded there were no elevated concentrations of pesticides and do not pose a health hazard.
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#1 Apr 2, 2011
Testing in homes that are vacant will not accurately reflect the conditions the occupants were exposed to. An occupied home will have significantly higher concentrations of toxins than a vacant home.
Comparing the formaldehyde found 44 ug/m3 to the formaldehyde in the 51-home study where people were reporting negative health consequences is not a fair comparison. The Formaldehyde Council Inc has long claimed the typical home has 14 ppb or 17 ug/m3. So a typical vacant home should be significantly less 17 ug/m3 NOT 2.5 times greater. The data reported should have been a huge red flag.
The EH&E's report fails to indicate the time of day and conditions under which their 200 minute formaldehyde samples were obtained. This missing information is critical, because the concentration of formaldehyde can vary by a factor 10 simply by the time of day when the sample is taken. If this sample was taken from 9 AM to noon this would be when formaldehyde concentration would likely be the lowest.
As a health adult male exposed to 44 ug/m3 for even 3 hours would negatively impact my health. My experience indicates that people with lower body mass are impacted at even lower concentrations. I would not live in any home with that concentration of formaldehyde.
Don't over look the amount of fiber glass debris found in the dust samples. This would be a secondary respiratory irritant. My understand is the last death occurred the morning after fans were used to dry carpet that would have re-suspended this fiberglass dust into the air. Another red flag nobody seems to see.
In my opinion the existing report actually documents that there are in fact issues with the housing and that carefully selected comparisons were used to disguise that fact.
An extremely simple $39 test would likely confirm or invalidate my believe that the formaldehyde concentration in these homes contributed to the infants deaths. http://www.ACSbadges.com/formaldehyde.shtml
Wait for three consecutive sunny warm/hot days. On the second day, close the doors and windows in the morning, at 1 PM start the test by simply opening the foil envelope and hanging the badge in the child's room. At 9 PM in the evening of the next day (day 3) end the test by placing the badge back into the foil envelope. Then mail to the lab for analysis that is included in the $39 purchase. This test would show the buildings formaldehyde contribution. This concentration should be under 14 ppb or 16 ug/m3. But unfortunately, I suspect it will be significantly higher than the 36 ppb or 44 ug/m3 currently reported.
It would also be useful to repeat the $39 test after moving as much of the personal belongings as possible back into the home. This would come close to measuring what the child actually experienced in the home.
Unfortunately, many of the items we have in our homes contribute to increasing the formaldehyde concentration. California Attorney General is in litigation with several baby furniture manufacturers over excessive formaldehyde off gassing.
It is my believe that the testing done to date was specifically done to document that there was not a problem opposed to objectively determining if there was a problem.
FYI my involvement in measuring indoor air quality is as a volunteer as a no cost community service project assisting families in determining what in their home is negatively impacting their health. Families that have followed my advise of source removal, source remediation, increased ventilation and chemical filtration have all reported significant improvement in their homes. I have actually spent thousand of my own funds to cover equipment and operating costs. My income is from a completely unrelated field.
#2 Apr 22, 2011
I have had the pleasure of GI housing.The army would spray plutonium if it would kill bugs.I have had them come in the barracks and spray around me while i was sleeping.I am sure that NOTHING<ABSOLUTELY NOTHING> showed up on their "tests".
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