Hundreds of Mandeville residents packed the town’s city hall on Wednesday to attend a forum about Chinese drywall, the building material used post-Hurricane Katrina to repair and rebuild homes damaged by the storm and that has since proven toxic to health and home. The meeting, organized by Louisiana state senators Julie Quinn (R-Metairie) and A.G. Crowe (R-Slidell), sought to provide information to concerned homeowners seeking information about what to do about the toxic material. Chinese drywall, used extensively after Hurricane Katrina due to a shortage of domestic drywall in the U.S., has since been shown to emit chemicals that corrode pipes and electrical wiring and can cause health problems to people who reside in affected homes.

At the meeting, Senator Quinn urged attendees with homes containing Chinese drywall to notify the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, to help the state tally the number of Louisiana homes affected. An attorney attending the meeting also encouraged homeowners to inform the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission if their home contains Chinese drywall.

He also discouraged people from attempting to remove Chinese drywall from their homes for the time-being, and to instead wait until an official protocol for remediation and documentation has been established. Such procedures will likely be set up by the judge presiding over national Chinese drywall litigation, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon of New Orleans.

For more information about the meeting, see http://www.nola.com