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Louisiana Senators to Hear Chinese Drywall Concerns At Town Hall Meeting

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Two Louisiana State Senators have scheduled a  Chinese drywall town hall meeting  for this evening.  The event with Senators Julie Quinn and A.G. Crowe will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mandeville City Hall.

Senator Quinn told WWLTV.com that current laws offer too little protection for homeowners. At tonight’s town hall, she will urge homeowners to contact other legislators and let them know how serious the Chinese drywall problem really is. 

‘I’m trying to educate the public and encourage them to shout to the Governor’s Office, to the fellow legislators and even to the federal government,” Quinn said. “Help us so we don’t lose our home.”

Louisiana is among the states hardest hit by the Chinese drywall crisis.   According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), 167 homeowners there have filed complaints with the agency.  However, it is likely that thousands of homes in the state contain the defective material.  Many of the Chinese drywall homes in Louisiana were among those rebuilt following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

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 that permeates homes, and cause metals, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode.

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