U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner want the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide help to Virginia homeowners hurt by Chinese drywall.
In a letter to the agency, the Virginia senators (along with lawmakers from two other states) requested temporary relocation support and other emergency assistance routinely provided individuals impacted from man-made and natural disasters.
The letter acknowledged that FEMA has an important function in disaster response and recovery, and as a result, the agency “may be of assistance to homeowners impacted by this toxic product.”
Citing certain precedents such as the Love Canal, the letter also noted that FEMA has played a role in the past in assisting individuals and communities confronted with similar chemical-related impacts. “[F]amilies in our states are, in many cases, watching their dream homes turn into nightmares. As the Federal government determines the full size and scope of this disaster, we believe it is important to marshal all appropriate Federal resources that may assist these families,” the letter added.
Sen.Webb has also urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency to complete ongoing tests and evaluations concerning Chinese-imported drywall without further delay. “Every day that the results of these tests are delayed means more families pushed into bankruptcy and financial ruin,” the senator wrote in a letter to both agencies.
Both senators met on October 8 with more than 20 Hampton Roads residents of Hampton Roads who have suffered both physically and financially from tainted drywall:
Homeowners in Virginia and several other states have been particularly hard hit by Chinese drywall. If your home contains Chinese drywall, you need to know your legal rights. Do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. for a no-obligation Virginia Chinese drywall consultation, Toll Free 877-544-5323.