Chinese Drywall Hearing

Health and product safety issues associated with imported drywall will come under Congressional spotlight at a hearing scheduled this Thursday (May 21) by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The hearing will be held at 10:30 am by the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance. The issue of toxic drywall is a growing concern in Florida and other states including Alabama, California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia. First imported from China after Hurricane Katrina because so much of it was being used in reconstruction, it is estimated that between 60,000 and 100,000 homes nationwide may contain tainted drywall. It has been suggested that defective drywall releases sulfuric gases that corrode metal, particularly air conditioning components along with speculation about potential health risks. Already a number of lawsuits are reported to have been filed by homeowners in Louisiana and Florida. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) (a member of the Senate subcommittee) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) recently introduced legislation aimed at initiating a recall and ban on tainted building products from China by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  A revamp of leadership of the CPSC was announced last week by President Obama. Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on litigiousness.  

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