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CDC confirms health issues connected to Chinese drywall

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — For the first time, the federal government confirms that tainted drywall can cause home and health problems, according to a long-awaited report by the Centers for Disease Control….

It’s an issue some are still living with. Many might not even know it. The report also indicates that “not all of the homes contain drywall manufactured in China. Some problem homes contain drywall manufactured in North America and some have drywall with no indication of origin.”

“This isn’t Chinese. This is United States Gypsum.” North Port resident Charles Hummer has turned his home into a laboratory of tainted drywall, researching the effects and how it all came to be. He says his health and home problems are caused by drywall which doesn’t have a foreign label.

He says you have to follow the money. “Knauf brought in all the Chinese drywall. Knauf also owns part of United States Gypsum. Knauf also owns part of National Gypsum. United States Gypsum also owns L&W Supply, which is doing business as Seacoast Supply.”

CDC confirms health issues connected to Chinese drywall – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News.

“Some problem homes contain drywall manufactured in North America” is a little misleading. Designated “problem homes” are based on occupant reports and observation of symptoms and effects such as corroded metal fixtures and “recurrent headaches, irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, runny nose, sinus infections and congestion, sore throats, frequent nosebleeds, and asthma attacks.” It has not been proven that North American drywall causes any of these symptoms.

In fact, the report goes on to advise, “Based on the limited number of drywall samples tested, exposures to the estimated contaminant levels from drywall samples manufactured in North America in 2009 were below levels of public health concern. These samples were not identified by CPSC as problem drywall.” (My emphasis.) However, some homeowners assert that domestic wallboard causes these problems as well.

As for following the money, Knauf does own part of USG Corporation. National Gypsum is a privately owned company.

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Written by Elizabeth McCullough

May 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

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