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Chinese drywall bill passed in House

October 2, 2012

SARASOTA, FL — A bill that would ban the sale of toxic Chinese drywall has passed in the House of Representatives and will now head to the Senate, according to the Herald-Tribune.

vern buchananThe bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) and named the Contaminated Drywall Safety Act, requires all drywall used in the U.S. to bear a label noting the name of the manufacturer, the article stated.

According to the article, the bill "sets chemical standards for domestic and imported drywall and establishes guidelines for its disposal and requires the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue guidelines to ensure that existing drywall is properly disposed of so it does not end up being recycled."

Settlement reached in drywall case

"Many of my constituents devoted their life savings to buying a house only to find out their home is now uninhabitable because it was built with tainted drywall from China," said Buchanan, a member of the Congressional Chinese Drywall Caucus, in a statement.

"Now these families are stuck with a house that can't be sold and living in fear that they were exposed to potentially hazardous materials," Buchanan added.

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