The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) just released a study of Hydrogen Sulfide Gas that the agency commissioned in connection with its Chinese drywall investigation. Specifically, CPSC released results from a major indoor air study of 51 homes, and initial reports from two studies of corrosion in homes with Chinese-made drywall. The report is about 190 pages in length.
CPSC has received about 2,702 reports from residents in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to the presence of drywall produced in China. State and local authorities have also received similar reports.
Consumers largely report that their homes were built in 2006 to 2007, when an unprecedented increase in new construction occurred in part due to the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.
CPSC’s investigation is proceeding simultaneously on three tracks:
- evaluation of the relationship between the drywall and the reported health symptoms;
- evaluation of the relationship between the drywall and electrical and fire safety issues in the home; and
- the tracing of the origin and distribution of the drywall.
This investigation includes field work focusing on a number of issues. CPSC’s staff is contacting some consumers to discuss their particular drywall issues and exploring their experiences in more detail. Some of these inquiries will be in person and some will be by telephone.
The agency also has field investigators permanently stationed in the affected States (with the exception of Wyoming) and it is shifting additional staff to those areas to assist in the investigation.