Congress passes bill to ban Chinese drywall

Vitter passed legislation to stop toxic drywall from entering U.S. markets in Senate last week. House passed same legislation last night.

Washington, D.C. -A bill to prevent toxic Chinese drywall from entering U.S. markets now sits on President Obama's desk, awaiting his signature.  The House of Representatives gave final approval Tuesday night, following approval by the Senate last week.  Since Hurricane Katrina, many homes in Louisiana were rebuilt with toxic Chinese drywall, leaving homeowners with few options to remedy the situation.

"Many Louisiana families were faced with the nightmare of building or repairing their homes with toxic drywall after Hurricane Katrina, and I want to make sure this doesn't happen again. This is good news for homeowners that we were able pass this swiftly before the new Congress starts," Senator David Vitter said. "This legislation will make sure unsafe drywall won't be sold in the future and that drywall manufacturers are held accountable."

The legislation prevents unsafe drywall from entering U.S. markets by ensuring that the Consumer Product Safety Commission uses a voluntary consensus health and safety standard. It ensures that unsafe drywall will not be reused by requiring that drywall be labeled and that drywall manufacturers are identified. It also narrows the emphasis to focus on high sulfur content, which can diminish the value of a home, and making the origin of the drywall traceable to the manufacturer. The National Association of Home Builders supports the legislation.