*NEW ORLEANS – Thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be gutted, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
About 3,000 homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall, which was imported in large quantities during the housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes.
The drywall has been linked to corrosion of wiring, air conditioning units, computers, doorknobs and jewelry, along with possible health effects. Tenenbaum said some samples of the Chinese-made product emit 100 times as much hydrogen sulfide as drywall made elsewhere.
“The way I see it, homeowners didn’t cause this. The manufacturers in China did,” Nelson said. “That’s why we’ve got to go after the Chinese government now.”
Southern members of Congress have sought to make it easier to sue Chinese manufacturers and to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help homeowners pay for costs not covered by insurance. They also say the U.S. needs to pressure the Chinese government, which allegedly ran some of the companies that made defective drywall.*
At a time when China poses an economic threat to the US, isn’t the above sort of article timely?
Here’s a linky in regard to Plywood (NOT the same as Drywall (which is a more or less concrete board type of product)) which has arrived to the Irish Market and not been up to performance requirements from the NSAI.
This news was released either at the end of last year or early this year. Some of these boards have been used on sites that I’ve been made aware of with the result that the different layers (timber veneers that are on the interior) of the boards were delaminating causing failure of the function of the board.
Mainstream media in the US are now labelling it Toxic Drywall rather than Chinese Drywall in recognition of the fact that many of the defective drywalls were manufactured in many different countries including the US.