Chinese Drywall, Tainted Materials Should Be Removed, Feds Say

Drywall Information CenterAll tainted Chinese wallboard, along with several electrical and other components, should be removed and replaced by U.S. homeowners to eliminate the source of safety concerns still under investigation by federal agencies.
The protocol established by the agencies recommends that consumers remove all possible problem drywall from their homes, and replace electrical components and wiring, gas service piping, fire suppression sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
The recommendation was issued today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
“This guidance, based on the CPSC’s ongoing scientific research, is critical to ensuring that homeowners and contractors have confidence that they are making the appropriate repairs to rid their homes of problem drywall,” said Jon Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.
The guidance, however, does little to alleviate the costly task of such a huge undertaking for already overwhelmed homeowners, both financially and in terms of any health issues.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency last month rejected a request by officials in Florida for help in assessing damage caused by Chinese drywall. A regional FEMA director said Florida’s request did not meet the federal criteria for an emergency.
The corrosive wallboards are believed to have been installed between 2005 and 2007 in as many as 100,000 homes, many in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia. Additionally, a class action lawsuit is underway in New Orleans.
CPSC released preliminary data from a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that measured chemical emissions from samples of drywall obtained as part of the ongoing federal investigation. The top ten “reactive sulfur-emitting drywall samples” were all produced in China.
Certain Chinese samples had emission rates of hydrogen sulfide 100 times greater than non-Chinese drywall samples. Hydrogen sulfide is believed to be the source of the rotten-egg smell reported by homeowners dealing with the effects of the tainted wallboard.
The patterns of reactive sulfur compounds emitted from drywall samples “show a clear distinction between the certain Chinese drywall samples manufactured in 2005/2006 and non-Chinese drywall samples,” CPSC said.
But in another study, sulfur-reducing bacteria, believed by some scientists to be the generator of hydrogen sulfide gas, was only found in two out of 10 samples tested.
“Our investigations now show a clear path forward,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “We have shared with affected families that hydrogen sulfide is causing the corrosion. Based on the scientific work to date, removing the problem drywall is the best solution currently available to homeowners. Our scientific investigation now provides a strong foundation for Congress as they consider their policy options and explore relief for affected homeowners.”
More information can be found at the federal Drywall Information Center website.

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  • April 8, 2010 at 5:58 am
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    NO MORE IMPORTS. IMPORTS SHOULD BE TAXED, SO AS TO “STIMULATE” AMERICAN PRODUCTION. ALL IMPORTS SHOULD HAVE TO “PAY” FOR “TESTING” OF THEIR PRODUCTS FOR SAFETY, CONTAMINATION, ETC. BEFORE THE ITEM CAN BE RELEASED TO THE UNKNOWING AMERICAN PUBLIC. AMERICAN ITEMS ARE TESTED, WHY THE FREE RIDE TO IMPORTS? BUY AMERICAN!!!!!

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