Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Toxic Chinese Drywall - Homeowner's Claims

According to news sources:
Earlier this year, tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Chinese-manufactured drywall contained elevated levels of strontium sulfide, as well as several organic compounds associated with the production of acrylic paint, which were not present in samples of U.S.-made drywall. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said it has received over 800 Chinese drywall complaints since last December. Common features of the reports submitted to the CPSC from homes believed to contain problem Chinese drywall have been: A “rotten egg” smell in homes; health concerns, such as irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty in breathing, persistent cough, bloody noses, runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infections, and asthma attacks; and blackened and corroded metal components in homes and the frequent replacement of components in air conditioning units.

During America’s building boom that was followed by hurricane damage that decimated homes and business, building was frenzied. And, while the U.S, had the desire and manpower to meet the need, it lacked sufficient product. U.S. manufacturers could not produce enough to meet the overwhelming demand so millions of square feet of goods was purchased from abroad. It’s estimated that more than 500 million pounds of possibly deficient Chinese drywall entered America between 2004 and 2008. An earlier Associated Press statement revealed that this is enough material to build about 100,000 homes.

Another site reported:

According to its Web site, as of the last week in June the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received more than 570 reports of defective drywall from 19 states and the District of Columbia.

But some numbers suggest that the Chinese imported drywall could be much more widespread. In a February analysis by the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, using a shipping database from the Port Import Export Reporting Service, more than 550 million pounds of drywall—enough to construct 60,000 average-sized homes—have been imported from China into the U.S. since January 2006, the largest amount by far going to Florida. And that’s not even the full extent of the imports that so far have been the subject of most of the lawsuits—those mostly stem from drywall shipments dating back to 2004.