EPA Completes First Testing of Chinese Drywall

(Harold Tribune 5-19-09) Federal officials have completed preliminary testing into tainted Chinese drywall linked to corrosion and potential health effects in Florida and other states. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working in conjunction with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – part of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta – has completed initial testing of two samples of tainted Chinese drywall, along with four domestic samples used for comparison. According to the report, a visual examination of the drywall using a microscope found “no evidence of fly ash” in the Chinese samples. Fly ash, produced as a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, is one of the substances alleged to have caused the potential problem by several lawsuits against drywall manufacturers filed in federal court.