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Norfolk, VA Approves First Chinese Drywall Ban

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Norfolk, Virginia has become the first U.S. city to ban potentially-toxic Chinese drywall.  The ban was prompted by reports that fumes from Chinese drywall have produced putrid odors and caused metals to corrode in homes across the country.

The vote in Norfolk City Council to ban the use of Chinese drywall was unanimous.  According to the Associated Press, the ordinance requires contractors to certify that they are not using drywall made in China.  If they don’t, they will be denied a building permit.  The ban is being imposed to protect homeowners from contractors or builders who may knowingly use or sell a product that might not be safe.

As we’ve reported previously, dozens of people in Virginia have complained about problems with Chinese drywall.  Venture Supply, a construction supply firm based in Norfolk, has acknowledged importing 100,000 sheets of China-made drywall between March 2006 and December 2008.  One builder in Virginia, The Dragas Companies, has said some of the homes it built have been the subject of drywall complaints.  Residents of the 240-unit Harbor Walk condo complex in Hampton Roads have also reported problems.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the U.S. imported roughly 309 million square feet of drywall from China during the housing boom from 2004 to 2007. Just yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released results of tests it conducted that compared Chinese drywall to American-made material.  The tests found  sulfur and two organic compounds associated with acrylic paint in the Chinese drywall that were not present in the American wallboard.  The agency said more testing is needed to determine if any of the compounds found in the Chinese drywall are responsible for problems reported by homeowners.

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