WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator David Vitter this week introduced a bipartisan amendment to help prevent toxic drywall from entering U.S. markets. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) have cosponsored Vitter’s legislation. Since hurricane Katrina, many homes in Louisiana were rebuilt with toxic Chinese drywall, leaving homeowners with few options to remedy the situation. The amendment has cleared any Republican objections and awaits approval by Democrats to allow it to pass by unanimous consent.
“I want to ensure that folks don’t experience the nightmare of building or repairing a home with toxic drywall,” Vitter said. “This legislation will make sure unsafe drywall won’t be sold in the future and that drywall manufacturers are held accountable.”
The bill 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 also ensures that unsafe drywall will not be reused by requiring that drywall be labeled and that drywall manufacturers are identified.
The Vitter/Warner/Nelson bipartisan amendment is a compromise that narrows the emphasis of the legislation 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 are supporting Vitter/Warner/Nelson amendment. Their letter is attached.