CPSC to Investigate Chinese Drywall Problems

Earlier this year, I blogged about problems with Chinese drywall in Georgia homes. Inez Tenenbaum, the new Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recently vowed to pursue a full investigation into the problems with toxic Chinese drywall.

Tenenbaum told a House Representatives subcommittee that the CPSC would "vigorously pursue its investigation" of problems with drywall imported from China. The Chinese drywall has led to more than 1,000 complaints from consumers.

Residents in houses built with the Chinese drywall have reported strong sulfuric odors, corrosion of wiring and appliances, and many different health complaints.

Appearing before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Tenenbaum said that the CPSC is "fully committed to finding answers and solutions for all the homeowners who are impacted by this serious situation, and the agency is pouring a record amount of money and manpower toward the goal of helping affected families."

(Tenenbaum, by the way, was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia.)

Between 2004 and 2007, millions of sheets of toxic drywall were imported from China. At the time, there was a domestic shortage of drywall because of the housing boom and rebuilding after several hurricances. In 2006 alone, more than 6 million sheets were imported from China.

The Chinese drywall has made its way into homes in 24 different states, including Georgia. So far, most complaints have come from Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has stated that he would like a recall of the Chinese drywall.

Homeowners hav filed Chinese drywall lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of the drywall. In June, all of the federal drywall cases were assigned to U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon in a Multidistrict Litigation. Judge Fallon has put the cases on a fast track, and trials involving property damage are expected to being in early 2010.

If you live in a house that was built since 2004, your home could be contaminated with toxic drywall. Here are some signs that your home may be contaminated with Chinese drywall:

- A persistent sulfuric or “rotten egg” odor
- Breathing problems
- Nose bleeds
- Irritated eyes
- Headaches
- Corrosion of wiring and pipes
- Electrical problems
- Problems with refrigerator or AC
- Corrosion of silver jewelry or utensils (black in appearance)

Are you looking for a Chinese drywall lawyer in Georgia If you think that your home may be contaminated, call MLN Law now at 404-531-9700. We can help you schedule a scientific investigation and determine the extent of the damage. We’ll also find out who’s responsible for the damage and review your legal options and insurance claims. Call MLN Law at 404-531-9700 to schedule your free consultation. You shouldn’t have to be worried about inhaling toxic fumes in the comfort of your own home. Call us today, and we’ll help you breathe easy again.