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NEW ORLEANS – John and Connie Gilmore spent all of their money rebuilding their home after Hurricane Katrina. That dream home has sent their lives in a downward spiral, setting them up for another disaster.
"This is a nightmare, because it's worse than a hurricane," said Connie Gilmore.
John, who is disabled, and Connie, who has been battling health issues, have defective Chinese drywall in their home, with corroding wires and tarnished fixtures. They worry if anything inside can be saved, and fear their financial future.
"We have nowhere to go at the moment," said John Gilmore. "We don't have any more money to start over."
Originally posted by Lichter daraus
To me it all boils down to greed, but it might not be. Ill come up with more as i ponder this.
Deep down i think I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist...
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
This will be like lead paint. The Gov will make some sort of mandate stipulating that a house must be checked for this before it's allowed to be sold.
Everything we do to save ourselves is in retrospect... very infrequently do we ever see far enough ahead to actually prevent issues.
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
Ok, so basically this could be in any house that was built or modified (any modification that involved replacing a sheet of sheetrock) between 2001 and 2007? That's probably hundreds of thousands of homes!
Hundreds of millions of sheets of Chinese drywall were imported from 2004 to 2006, but Chinese drywall has recently been found in homes built or remodeled as early as 2001. Accordingly, this phenomenon cannot be explained solely by the shortage of American-manufactured drywall. The presence of Chinese drywall has been reported in 27 states and the District of Columbia and is estimated to have been installed in over 100,000 homes in the United States.
a small portion of defective drywall bears the name of a U.S. company. It is unknown whether such drywall was actually manufactured in the U.S. or was made in China and re-branded here. Another possibility is that the U.S drywall is fine, however, it was cross-contaminated by Chinese drywall. As such, labeling alone is not a definitive.
Lawyers representing homeowners and homebuilders who used drywall suspected of causing corrosion and possible health risks say they expect Chinese companies that made the wallboard to ignore hundreds of lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts. ... Among tactics lawyers are considering are suits against U.S. investment bankers who financed the Chinese companies, and seizing ships that brought the drywall to the United States... "You're talking about billions of dollars" at stake, Herman said. "We're going to find some ways to make them responsive."
Originally posted by endisnighe
...500million divided by 7700=65,000 homes x 25,000 dollar loss(low estimate)=1.625 billion dollars low end if high as much as 5 billion
E-mails - exchanged over 3 1/2 months by state and county health officials and the EPA - regarding possible dangers of Chinese drywall indicate the parties waited to coordinate with a homebuilder and its consultant on how and when to alert the public... The 207 e-mails cover more than 400 pages and range from Oct. 2, 2008 to Jan. 13, 2009.
The News-Press made a public-records request to the state Department of Health for the e-mails Jan. 9. They show:
• No central Web site for information to be recorded and exchanged on the multiplying reports coming in from across the state was established until Dec. 12. The Web site address was redacted from the e-mails.
• The state Department of Health relied on Lennar Homes and its consultant, Environ International, for information on the cause of the drywall problem until the state began its own investigation in late January.
• Lennar discovered the drywall in dozens of its homes in August and began investigating. The verdict reported in an Oct. 2 briefing to state and county health officials and the EPA: The drywall was not a health threat.
• The Department of Health pressed Environ for copies of all research and lab results but Lennar's consultant refused to comply, saying it hadn't asked for the department's opinion. The backup data was finally turned over on or just after Dec. 23...
On June 3, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released a guide for doctors and others dealing with questions about the tainted drywall. Few studies exist of people exposed to low levels of sulfur gases for long periods of time, however, the ATSDR said that short-term exposure to sulfur gases such as carbonyl sulfide and carbon disulfide, both of which have been found in Chinese drywall, can cause eye irritation, sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and headaches – symptoms that can be caused by multiple other factors, but which resemble the complaints voiced by residents. Longer exposures can result in fatigue, loss of appetite, irritability, poor memory, insomnia and dizziness, according to the agency. Older people, children and those with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are more likely to feel the
effects of sulfur gases, the ATSDR said.
This drywall was first imported to the U.S. in 2003 and is still in use. The number and location of all homes containing the imported drywall is not known.
Is that high-end estimate for loss the material cost alone? What I mean is, would that dollar value allow for the cost of removing the defective toxic Chinese drywall under "HazMat" standards (and safe disposal of same) and then refitting the home with new drywall, repainting, cleanup, etc?
When materials are to be used in building, is there any govt agency that's responsible for testing samples from them to ensure they meet required standards, regardless of whether the material is sourced from "at home" or abroad?
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
The free-market economic system assumes that consumers have full knowledge of the materials that they consume. I can guarantee you that these people did not. The reason I agree with you that it is the builders' responsibility is because when the people sue the builders then, if the builders' were truly unaware of the materials being defective, then they would in turn sue the manufacturers if they could. If they couldn't then they will learn a very serious lesson and not buy from those manufacturers anymore. THAT is a free-market economy... and it WORKS, if allowed to work.