16 Aug 0
Chinese made drywall used in more than 20,000 homes in the United States could have caused nosebleeds, headaches, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks in tens of thousands of Americans exposed to it, the federal government said in a report released last month. The drywall was installed in mostly Southern homes since 2005, and it has been the subject of multiple lawsuits. In addition to health-related complaints, homeowners have also alleged chemicals found in the drywall caused foul odors and corroded pipes and wiring. There have been five settlements totaling more than $1 Billion, but it’s not clear how much of the drywall was replaced
“The bottom line is that this modeling data suggests that levels of hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds found in the Chinese manufactured drywall were sufficiently high to result in the health effects people have been reporting,” said Vikas Kapil, chief medical officer with the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why some Chinese drywall had high levels of sulfur compounds in unknown, said Kapil. Hydrogen is linked to respiratory problems when inhaled, according the EPA. The owners of 20,244 properties have registered for compensation in a multistate settlement program, although no settlement cash has been released.
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