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Tainted Drywall

American-Made Drywall Emerges as Potential Danger

TECO Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune photo by Dan Wagner)

by Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, and Aaron Kessler, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Two years after thousands of Americans learned that defective Chinese drywall had contaminated their houses, a new group of homeowners say they are experiencing similar problems—but their homes are built with drywall made in the United States.

Ninety-seven homeowners in four states have joined lawsuits against U.S. drywall manufacturers in the past year, claiming that their drywall is releasing enough sulfur gas to corrode wiring and appliances and cause headaches, nosebleeds, labored breathing and irritated eyes—complaints that until now have been mostly associated with Chinese drywall. Many families have abandoned their homes, fearing long-term health problems. Some are facing foreclosure, or even bankruptcy. (mais…)

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Tainted Drywall

China Plays Tug-of-War With U.S. Inspectors Over Drywall

Piles of plasterboards are seen at a construction materials market in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, 14 April 2009.

by Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, and Aaron Kessler, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A federal investigation into contaminated Chinese-made drywall has been a long, hard tug-of-war for U.S. investigators trying to pry information from Chinese government officials and manufacturers. When a team of investigators traveled to China last year, the tug-of-war became physical, with a Chinese official trying to wrest a piece of drywall from an American’s hands. (mais…)