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Pres. Obama signs toxic drywall legislation into law

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Washington, D.C. - A new law should help prevent a problem that's become a big hassle for some homeowners who decided to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

According to our partners at CityBusiness, President Obama has signed into a law a bill that toughens safety standards for imported drywall. The new law limits the amount of sulfur that can be present in drywall used in the United States. The same law requires drywall to have labels that can be traced to its manufacturer.

It took months for hurricane victims who rebuilt their homes to notice their new drywall was corroding wiring in their houses. A federal judge is working to determine the fairness of five separate settlements over toxic drywall lawsuits. The settlements are worth about $1.1 billion.

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