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U.S. Officials Ask Chinese Government for Help With Tainted Drywall

The chairwoman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the Chinese government needs to take a more active role in getting tainted drywall...
November 2, 2010

The chairwoman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the Chinese government needs to take a more active role in getting tainted drywall manufacturers - some that are government-owned - to cooperate with American officials.

"What we're asking and we've been asking for months is for the Chinese government to help us get the other manufacturers to the table," said CPSC Chair Inez Tenenbaum, in a statement issued from Shanghai where she was meeting with her Chinese counterparts for trade talks last week. She called a recent pilot program to repair up to 300 homes by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. a "major breakthrough," but said other manufacturers needed to "engage in a dialogue with CPSC" and that the Chinese government needed to cooperate in making that happen.

As many as 100,000 houses across the country have the suspect drywall, most of them built in 2006 and 2007 when a spike in new construction occurred in part as homeowners rebuilt following hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. The overwhelming majority (80%) of complaints come from Florida and Louisiana.

Click here to read "In China, CPSC Urges Help on Drywall" (Bradenton FL Herald-Tribune 10/26/10)