The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development may soon offer relief to victims of toxic Chinese Drywall.  Thousand of homes were built across the United States during 2004 and 2005 using bad drywall shipped here from China.
Toxic drywall is often hard to detect.  Houses are often built with drywall coming from multiple providers making it even harder to track down.  However, when exposed to high humidity and heat the drywall will emit foul sulfur gases that are reported to have been corrosive to copper wiring/other metal components.  Homeowners also claim to have had health problems such as irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, bloody and runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infections, and asthma attacks as a direct result of Chinese drywall.
Sen. Nelson announced last week that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is deciding on how to provide relief to residents in need of assistance.
“HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development will shortly be issuing guidance making it clear that actions to remediate drywall can be eligible for assistance under the Community Development Block Grant program,” writes HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to Sen. Nelson.
“This is the first time that the federal government clearly has identified a possible way to fix the drywall,” said Sen. Nelson in a statement to the media. “Hopefully we’ll get the guidelines within a couple of weeks.”


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