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Tainted Drywallhttp://www.propublica.org/topic/tainted-drywall/Habitat for Humanity Remediates Homes With Toxic Chinese Drywallhttp://www.neworleans.com/news/local-news/561699.htmlCDC won't study effects of Chinese drywall exposurehttp://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-09/us/chinese.drywall.cdc_1_chinese-drywall-allison-grant-cdc?_s=PM:USRecalls.govhttp://www.recalls.gov/United States Consumer Product Safety Commissionhttp://www.cpsc.gov/In the past year or so, a number of advocacy groups and homeowners have called for a full-scale investigation into the deleterious health effects of drywall imported from China. It may seem like a bit of an odd request, but residents of 42 states have complained that this imported housing product has made them sick with chronic sinus and upper respiratory problems and other maladies. One area that was particularly hard hit was South Florida, and this past week, the Orlando Weekly published a detailed report that examines the problem throughout the Sunshine State. The report looks at some of the basic problems, which include the fact that the drywall emits high levels of hydrogen sulfide. Additionally, the sulfur within these products also has corroded metallic objects in homes and HVAC systems are affected as well. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have declined to launch a full-scale investigation, there may be some traction with other public health advocacy groups, and ProPublica (an investigative journalism organization) is continuing to investigate.The first link will take visitors to the aforementioned piece from last week's Orlando Weekly on the problems involving Chinese drywall in Florida. The second link leads to the multipart investigation into this situation, courtesy of ProPublica. Moving along, the third link leads to a piece from NewOrleans.com about how Habitat for Humanity is remediating homes found to have problems as a result of this toxic drywall. The fourth link leads users to a piece from CNN about the initial response to this situation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The fifth link leads to the official recall website from the United States government which lists all recent consumer product recalls. Finally, the last link leads to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, which includes additional information on the subject.
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