Volume 87 Issue 18 | pp. 50-51
Issue Date: May 4, 2009

Wallboard Woes

Odors and corrosion raise concern over drywall imported from China
Department: Science & Technology

THERE'S SOME curious chemistry going on within walls of homes across the southeastern U.S. Complaining of foul odors, rampant copper corrosion, and respiratory problems, homeowners are raising a stink about the latest suspicious import from China—drywall.

The troubles, which started with complaints from residents of a few dozen Florida homes that smelled of rotten eggs, have spread to several states and given rise to class-action lawsuits against both homebuilders and wallboard manufacturers. The

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