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A Look at the Issues

Corrosive Chinese Drywall has become the focus of health concerns and lawsuits.  But what does the research really say about this controversial product and what is being done to fix the problem? 

The Technical Symposium on Corrosive Imported Drywall--held November 5-6, 2009 in Tampa, Florida at the Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center--was the first conference of its kind to bring together researchers from the primary state and federal agencies, and universities and consulting scientists to present their findings. The Florida Department of Health is currently identifying and assessing potential human health hazards related to the phenomenon of rapid and recurring corrosion of metals inside homes.  This phenomenon is suspected to be associated with the presence of Chinese drywall in homes built since 2003.

 

Symposium Overview

More than 350 people attended the Technical Symposium on Corrosive Imported Drywall including attorneys, builders, homeowners, local, county, state and federal governments, and consulting firms.

 

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla, who first brought this issue to the attention of the cabinet, was keynote speaker at the Symposium. In a letter to President Obama, Nelson wrote we urgently need “White House mobilization and coordination of all federal resources that could help homeowners.”

 

The symposium's agenda included information from state and federal agencies' guidance summaries, materials analysis, emissions testing, exposure and toxicology assessments, and remediation practice and protocols.

Click on the following links to view highlights from the Symposium:

 

Opening Remarks - David Krause, Ph.D., State Toxicologist, Florida Department of Health

Welcome - Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H., Florida Surgeon General

Keynote Address - U. S. Senator Bill Nelson

Closing Summary - David Krause, Ph.D., State Toxicologist, Florida Department of Health