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Virginia Senator Mark Warner, U.S. representatives Bobby Scott and Glenn Nye, and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) director Inez Tennebaum toured three Virginia homes affected by Chinese drywall on Monday.
The CPSC is currently investigating claims involving the foul-smelling drywall and plans to release its report to the public in the next few weeks. The report is expected to contain results of air-quality testing of affected homes as well as an analysis of drywall samples, and will advise Congress on the agency’s recommendations for handling the issue. According to Tennenbaum, the agency itself does not have the funds to remediate homes, and Congress would have to authorize funds and work with other agencies to come up with a plan to address remediation.
An estimated 150,000 sheets of Chinese drywall were imported by a Virginia supplier, enough to build 300 homes. Tainted drywall has been discovered in homes in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, and Williamsburg as well as in northeastern North Carolina.
For the full story, go to HamptonRoads.com.