We recently reported on the issuance of a guidance release from federal authorities for homeowners affected by tainted Chinese drywall. If you missed that article, you can review it here. The release (from last Friday) can be viewed here.
Essentially, the guidance releases came from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Department and Urban Development (HUD) – two agencies at the forefront of addressing consumer remediation guidance. We’ve also reported on legislative proposals that will aim to change policies in various aspects.
Our previous article primarily focused on HUD guidance and information dissemination; today’s article will focus on matters relevant or attributable to the CPSC.
In a joint release you may view here, the head of CPSC (Inez Tenenbaum) is quoted as referring to the guidance as evidence of a “clear path forward.” She said, “We have shared with affected families that hydrogen sulfide is causing the corrosion. Based on the scientific work to date, removing the problem drywall is the best solution currently available to homeowners. Our scientific investigation now provides a strong foundation for Congress as they consider their policy options and explore relief for affected homeowners.”
The CPSC and other agencies have been involved in testing Chinese drywall samples for the presence of harmful compounds and continues to carry out such studies. The federal agency has stated they will proceed to release scientific findings/studies as they become available. One aspect that has surfaced thus far is that in the agency’s view, there is a relationship between some Chinese drywall and corrosion in appliances and household components.
For a detailed look at studies analyzing emission samples check out the CPSC staff report here.