A few notes on the Chinese drywall issue from the past weeks:
The CPSC announced that it was expanding its investigation to include some American-made drywall, following some reports of similar problems — bad odors and pipe corrosion. But meanwhile, the Bradenton Herald asked “Is scope of Chinese drywall problem exaggerated?” Reporter Duane Marsteller notes that “100,000” has become an often-repeated number for how many homes are affected, but that in fact it’s quite unclear.
About 300 people rallied in Florida over the weekend calling for a stronger response to the issue. Floridians and Louisianans, and their members of Congress, remain upset over the speed of CPSC’s response. Last week, a deadline passed for joining the big class action suit against Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. — set to be heard in a U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans in February. The judge ordered the complaint to be filed by today.