Homeowners affected by defective Chinese drywall recently received some direction and guidance to their ongoing struggles. Many families are trying to move on with their lives, after the homes in which they have resided have been found to contain potentially dangerous drywall, which has been linked to corrosion and other problems. Interim remediation guidance was advanced by two major authorities that have played key roles throughout the Chinese drywall crisis. The U.S. Department and Urban Development (HUD), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
See the Public Affairs portion of the HUD website by following this link.
You may view the recent Executive Summary from the CPSC release here.
Scientific studies have been performed by various agencies including the CPSC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as HUD. The recommended protocol can be viewed here: Visit the Drywall Information Center Site.
Removal of the tainted drywall and various corroded household components is recommended due to the risk of cross-contamination.
The CPSC has, in the past, released guidance and educations to homeowners with an aim at helping people distinguish defective or possibly tainted drywall from non-defective wallboard. The identification of suspect manufacturer markings has also been the subject of issued protocols.
Jon Gant, the Director of HUD’s Office of Health Homes and Lead Hazard Control stated, “This guidance, based on the CPSC’s ongoing scientific research, is critical to ensuring that homeowners and contractors have confidence that they are making the appropriate repairs to rid their homes of problem drywall.” The release is regarded as the “latest step” and that the process to work with other entities and partners is very important – Mr. Gant even suggested “policy solutions based on. . . . CPSC’s scientific findings” are around the corner.
There is a plethora of potential policy solutions implicated by the Chinese drywall crisis, ranging from home insurance policy legislation to legislation dealing with the business relationship between the U.S. and China – especially in the context of consumer goods. Stay tuned as we continue to bring you the latest releases and updates.