The Louisiana Recovery Authority has approved the use of $5 million in federal hurricane recovery aid to assist homeowners with tainted Chinese drywall. The funds would benefit homeowners with contaminated Chinese drywall who previously received assistance through the Road Home program in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It is unknown at this point how many of the 125,000-plus participants in the Road Home program would qualify.

The state legislature and federal officials still need to approve the plan. Additionally, the plan cannot be implemented until national protocols for tainted drywall testing and remediation are in place.

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a shortage of domestically-manufactured drywall resulted in drywall imports from China, some of which were used to rebuild hurricane-ravaged homes in Louisiana. Chinese-manufactured drywall emits sulfur and chemical compounds that have been blamed for damage to home electrical and plumbing systems and appliances as well as health complaints.

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