EPA finds sulphur, stronium in Chinese drywall

Drywall imported from China used in newer homes in South Florida and other parts of the country contains sulfur, strontium and other substances that are either nonexistent or found in much lower levels in U.S.-made plasterboard, according to Environmental Protection Agency test results released Tuesday.

The EPA conducted the tests at the behest of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who have received many complaints from homeowners about their homes smelling like rotten eggs, having health problems, corroding wires and appliances and blackening jewelry and other metals that they believe are linked to drywall imported from China.

The complaints stretch across 10 states and are primarily from people living in homes built from about 2004 to 2008.

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