The Gypsum Files

Notes on the Rock Nobody Knows

Posts Tagged ‘contaminated drywall

Chinese drywall manufacturer skips court hearing

leave a comment »

As many as 20,000 property owners in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia installed the toxic drywall during frenzied building after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and a nation-wide housing boom.

Homeowners complained of foul odors, damage to appliances, health issues such as skin irritation and breathing problems and blackening of copper and silver they say is connected to the product.

Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin settled with 4,500 property owners, mostly from the Gulf Coast, for damages reaching $1 billion, including an estimated $280 million to $350 million for Louisiana residents.

Taishan Gypsum has resisted the authority of U.S. courts, arguing the judicial system has no authority over the foreign company. Last month, the firm refused to show up for a hearing in U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s New Orleans courtroom after a judgment against the company was made final.

via Maker of defective Chinese drywall Taishan skips out on court hearing, leaving homeowners waiting | NOLA.com.

[mc4wp_form]

Advertisements

CDC confirms health issues connected to Chinese drywall

leave a comment »

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.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

May 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Federal guidelines issued for identifying corrosive drywall

leave a comment »

From the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

HUD and CPSC’s two-step guidance requires a visual inspection that must show blackening of copper electrical wiring and/or air conditioning evaporator coils; and the installation of new drywall (for new construction or renovations) between 2001 and 2008. To view the full text of this guidance, visit HUD’s website or CPSC’s website (both documents PDF).

The guidance also describes obtaining additional corroborating evidence of problem drywall, since it is possible that corrosion of metal in homes can occur for other reasons. For example, homes with new drywall installed between 2005 and 2008 … must meet at least two additional criteria related to: the chemical analysis of metal corrosion in the home; elemental markers in the drywall; markings on the drywall; or specific chemical emissions from the drywall. Homes with new drywall installed between 2001 and 2004 must meet a total of at least four of those criteria. Collecting evidence of these corroborating conditions may require professional assistance and analysis.

Be sure to check the timeline on the right side of this site for more gypsum-related events and news.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

January 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Could domestic drywall be a culprit?

with 2 comments

This week the media have picked up on a story launched by CBS News claiming that corrosive wallboard may come from domestic producers as well as from China. According to the AP:

Of roughly 2,100 complaints received by the commission, about 25 involve homeowners who reported issues with American wallboard, [Scott] Wolfson [of the Consumer Product Safety Commission] said. That is not enough data to make a determination.

A University of Florida study conducted for CBS News tested new samples of U.S. drywall, new samples of the Chinese material and Chinese wallboard from problem homes.

The scientists found that most of the new U.S. samples released sulfur fumes, but at a lower level than the Chinese product taken from homes. However, the study also found that some American product had higher emissions than some of the new Chinese material.

Also:
Drywall troubles spread to domestic

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

November 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm

%d bloggers like this: