In its latest update, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that through the end of December, it received 2360 incident reports related to Chinese drywall from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. However, more than 90% of reports continue to be from Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia.
Among other initiatives, the agency is working with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist HUD in developing guidance for the use of the Community Development Block Grant program for the identification and remediation of problem drywall in homes. Along with other federal agencies, CPSC continues to investigate the chain of commerce of imported drywall and questioning firms in the U.S. and abroad about drywall issues. CPSC also continues to investigate all reports of fire incidents related to drywall, but none have been confirmed to be related. In early December, CPSC hosted a technical videoconference about drywall issues with the Chinese government.
As alluded to in the report, the state of Virginia has been particularly hard hit by the Chinese drywall crisis. Virginia homeowners have an opportunity to get answers to their Chinese drywall question during two upcoming free Town Meetings next week:
If your house contains Chinese drywall, or you suspect that it might, you need to know your legal rights immediately. Please consider attending one of the upcoming town meetings in Chesapeake or Williamsburg to obtain time-valued information about what you need to do next. For more information about your legal recourse in connection with Chinese drywall in your home, contact The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323.