The first sets of federal test data released on October 29 as part of the ongoing investigation into toxic drywall manufactured in China found elevated levels of two elements in some Chinese drywall: sulfur and strontium.
According to the report, early results show that Chinese drywall in fact emits volatile sulfur compounds at a higher rate than the U.S.-made drywall. However, the federal task force led by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that further scientific studies must be completed to determine the link between the drywall and health problems, foul smells, or corrosion reported by homeowners in Virginia and in other states.
Additional findings are schedule for a late November release. This will include results from CPSC’s 50-home air sampling project as well as a preliminary engineering analysis of potential electrical and fire safety issues related to corrosion.
“The studies released today, and the additional study reports scheduled for release next month, once completed, will collectively help to develop a final standard federal and state protocol for testing homes and to identify a nexus between the presence of Chinese drywall and the reported health and corrosive issues,” the CPSC said in a statement.
Norfolk attorney Richard Serpe, who has handled many Chinese drywall cases in Virginia, told local news media that he doubts the CPSC will return with more conclusive information in just a few weeks. “When Chinese drywall, toxic substances get into your body, what does it mean? We can’t wait for these homeowners for the years for the scientists to figure that out, we need to get to it now,” he said.
On the same day the CPSC report was released, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to grant low-interest government loans to those homeowners impacted by Chinese drywall, but the legislation also needs to clear the Senate and obtain a presidential signature to become law.
Homeowners in Virginia and several other states have been particularly hard hit by Chinese drywall. If your home contains Chinese drywall, or you suspect that it might, 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.