Several news sources have recently reported that drywall imported from China and installed in new and renovated homes in 2004-2005 has been creating noxious sulfur (rotten-egg) odors and potential health problems. In addition, the fumes given off are causing a problem with copper wiring and the coils in air conditioning units.
Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors said he has been getting a lot of reports about the Chinese drywall recently from his members. Most of the complaints so far are in the U.S. Southeast. He said: "What they’re finding is that the drywall being shipped over from China is emitting much higher levels of sulfur, methane, and other volatile organic compounds." At highest risk for health problems and children and the elderly. People with asthma and chemical sensitivities are at even higher risk.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms there is a problem, but says the breadth and severity of the problem are unknown. However, anyone living along the Gulf Coast knows only too well the extensive damage caused by major hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 and the great amount of rebuilding necessary which is still going on today.