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Chinese drywall bill approved by Congress

January 16, 2013

HAMTPON ROADS, VA — Chinese drywall legislation has been overwhelmingly approved by Congress, which now sends the bill to President Barack Obama's desk to be signed into law, according to the Daily Press.

discarded drywallIf the bill had not been approved by January 2, legislators would have had to start over due to the new session of Congress which began on January 3, the article stated.

According to the article, the drywall, imported from China during the building boom of the mid-2000s when U.S.-made drywall supplies were low, contained chemicals that corroded wires and caused appliances to malfunction.

"Too many of our friends and neighbors have suffered because of the effects of Chinese drywall in their homes, and this bill ensures that preventative standards are in place so no American family is faced with the hardship and heartache from contaminated drywall ever again," said U.S. Representative Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, in a statement.

The bill limits the amount of sulfur that can be present in drywall, requires labels for defective drywall and urges the Chinese government to make financial restitution to families harmed by the drywall, the article noted.

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