Monday, October 1, 2012

Congress Wants Regulations in Wake of Chinese Drywall Problems


The National Association of Home Builders is preparing to fight a bill that would impose new limitations and regulations on wallboard in the wake of the Chinese drywall saga. 

No modular home factory bought Chinese drywall so this ruling should have little effect on them except for how to dispose of the waste from the manufacturing process.

While applauding efforts by Congress and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission "to investigate the source of the drywall problem and determine the appropriate response," the NAHB said it would oppose the amended Contaminated Drywall Safety Act. Congress also wants all drywall to name the manufacturer and list of materials used in the drywall.

Congress wants to broaden the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s powers to regulate even more of the house building industry. The bill, which now moves to the Senate for consideration, sets chemical standards for domestic and imported drywall, establishes guidelines for its disposal and requires the CPSC to issue guidelines to ensure that existing toxic drywall is properly disposed of so it does not end up being recycled.

Toxic Chinese drywall corrodes copper pipes 
The bill also outlined that the House of Representatives wants the U.S. Secretary of State to insist that the Chinese government force manufacturers in China to submit to the jurisdiction of U.S. courts in cases involving contaminated drywall.

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