Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Update on Toxic Chinese Drywall

The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has come out with a statement today regarding the current status on the investigation into reports of 'toxic chinese drywall'.

The following is an excerpt from the report issued today:

Executive Summary of November 23, 2009 Release

Overview
Released today is additional information from the investigation of problem drywall including the results from three preliminary scientific reports: a fifty-one home indoor air study; an electrical component corrosion study; and a fire safety component corrosion study. Most significantly, the fifty-one home report released today finds a strong association between the problem drywall, the hydrogen sulfide levels in homes with that drywall, and corrosion in those homes. The two preliminary component corrosion studies support this finding. The fifty-one home study also provides some basic tools necessary for development of processes to identify and remediate affected homes, and advances the Interagency Task Force’s investigation to a new phase focused on these objectives.

For more detailed information please go to this site http://www.cpsc.gov/info/drywall/index.html

Some specifics from the report that may be of interest to you:

States Reporting Problems:

The majority of the reports to the CPSC have come from consumers residing in the State of Florida while others have come from consumers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Consumers largely report that their homes were built in 2006 to 2007, when an unprecedented increase in new construction occurred in part due to the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.

Common features of the reports submitted to the CPSC from homes believed to contain problem drywall have been:
  • Consumers have reported a "rotten egg" smell within their homes.
  • Consumers have reported health concerns such as irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty in breathing, persistent cough, bloody noses, runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infection, and asthma attacks.
  • Consumers have reported blackened and corroded metal components in their homes and the frequent replacement of components in air conditioning unit.

Read and download a copy of the press release or get much more detailed information at the CSPC website specifically set up to address this issue.

http://www.cpsc.gov/info/drywall/index.html

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