The Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance (the “Subcommittee”) will hold the first Congressional hearings on Chinese Drywall on May 21st at 10:30 a.m. The Subcommittee intends to investigate the alleged health and product safety issues associated with Chinese Drywall. As reported here and here, drywall imported from China has been blamed for fumes that allegedly cause a foul odor, metal corrosion, and health problems in thousands of homes built between 2002 and 2007. The claims have been made primarily in the Southeast, and particularly in Florida.
The upcoming Senate hearings follow legislation passed in the House of Representatives last week, calling for a study regarding the availability of property insurance for allegedly contaminated homes. The legislation was sponsored by Congressmen Robert Wexler (D-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who are concerned about the alleged health effects of Chinese Drywall and the possibility that the effects could worsen with summer heat.