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20,000+ Sheets of Chinese Drywall Entered Guam, Saipan, American Somoa

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The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has confirmed that  28,778 sheets of potentially defective Chinese drywall entered  Guam, Saipan and American Samoa during 2006.  That’s in addition to the 6,211,200 sheets of Chinese drywall that were imported to the U.S. mainland that year.

According to the Saipan Tribune, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has begun its own Chinese drywall investigation.  “For the time being, consumers who have recently remodeled using drywall imported from China should be aware of and report noxious odors coming from drywall, the corrosion of metal objects in the home, and short-term health effects generally affecting the upper respiratory tract,” CNMI consumer counsel Mike Ernest told the Saipan Tribune.

For months now, we have reported on homeowner complaints regarding Chinese drywall. Gases emitted from the drywall are being blamed for significant property damage, including damage to HVAC systems, smoke detectors, electrical wiring, metal plumbing components, and other household appliances. These gases also produce a sulfurous odor, similar to fireworks or rotten eggs, that permeates homes, and cause metals, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode.

According to the CPSC, consumers in 24 states have filed a total of 877 Chinese drywall complaints. Most complaints have come from Florida (658) and Louisiana (105). Other states with Chinese drywall reports include: Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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