It has been reported that state (Florida) and federal officials may have been slow to release urgent information concerning toxic Chinese drywall to the public. E-mails exchanged over the course of 3 ½ months by state/county officials and the EPA discuss the possible dangers toxic drywall poses to the public.
Between October 2, 2008 and January 13, 1009 207 the 207 e-mails pertaining Chinese drywall suggest ways of informing the public of the dangers but no formal address was ever made during this time. During this lapse the state’s Department of Health counted on Lennar Homes and their consultant, Environ International, to conduct research as to the cause of the problem until the state’s Department of Health started their own investigation. A lot of the residents living in these homes feel as though their health, financial problems have been put on the backburner.
Earliest accounts of problems with Chinese drywall came from Lee and Collier county. Reports of health problems such as nosebleeds, headaches, skin-irritation, and nausea have been made to Health Department officials. Jim Love of the Lee County Health Department was first notified on August 25 of a drywall problem by a resident of Bella Terra in Estero. Still, information wasn’t released to the public until reports of toxic drywall were reported in most counties in Florida.