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Consumer Product Safety Commission debuts Drywall Information Center

Drywallmapcpsc Better late than never. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a new Drywall Information Center to help homeowners keep track of the agency's investigation into toxic drywall manufactured in China. The center also has information that can help consumers determine if their homes were built with the contaminated product and can take their complaints.

This map is part of that CPSC information center on drywall showing states (in blue) where defective drywall has been reported. To date, the CPSC says it has received over 365 reports from residents in 18 States and the District of Columbia who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to the presence of drywall produced in China.

Who has defective drywall? According to the CPSC, consumers largely report that their homes were built in 2006 to 2007, when an unprecedented increase in new construction occurred in part due to the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.Common features of the reports submitted to the CPSC from homes believed to contain problem drywall have been:

Consumers have reported a "rotten egg" smell within their homes.
Consumers have reported health concerns such as irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty in breathing, persistent cough, bloody noses, runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infection, and asthma attacks.
Consumers have reported blackened and corroded metal components in their homes and the frequent replacement of components in air conditioning units.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:25am]


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