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…)