Broward County seeks emergency declaration over Chinese drywall

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:53 a.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Broward County is seeking an emergency declaration for help with tainted Chinese drywall.

The county commission says too many insurers are denying homeowners' claims.

The material, brought in to cover shortages at the height of the recent U.S. housing boom, emits a sickening rotten-egg smell that corrodes pipes and ruins copper wire.

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is conducting the largest investigation in its history after fielding thousands of homeowner complaints. Countless lawsuits have also been filed against developers, contractors and manufacturers.

Federal investigators have also found a possible link between health problems and gas emitted from the wallboard when coupled with formaldehyde, a substance common to new homes.

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