Florida Senator Bill Nelson is encouraging Florida state lawmakers to look into whether leftover federal monies from Community Development Block Grants and other federal programs could help homeowners with tainted Chinese drywall. Louisiana has already set up a similar program with $5 million for Chinese drywall relief. Senator Nelson is also exploring whether Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds could be used to help affected homeowners.
Homeowners with the defective drywall have reported sulfuric fumes, corroded pipes, and health problems. The toxic drywall must be removed and replaced in order to remedy these problems. Senator Nelson also noted in his letter to Florida state House and Senate leaders that insurers are dropping policyholders whose homes contain the drywall.
For the full story, go to the Miami Herald.