Blogger Michael D. Shaw wonders why, at a time when a heightened sensitivity to chemicals in the environment has activists and the media going into panic mode, no-one is paying attention to the problem of imported Chinese drywall:
“Upwards of 60,000 homes, and possibly as many as 300,000, are affected by the sulfide spewing gypsum board. In addition to the highly publicized corrosion of all sorts of metal parts, including air conditioning coils, and the obnoxious sulfide odors, nearly all residents of these homes are reporting health effects—usually upper respiratory complaints.
Moreover, there are dozens of reports of affected families who have left their homes, whose symptoms disappear completely in a few days. Absent actual medical tests, field confirmation of health effect etiology does not get a whole lot better than this.”
Where, asks Shaw, is the outrage? Could it be that even though ordinary consumers are affected in a real rather than hypothetical way, there is just nothing in the issue for either green groups or federal officials to get excited about?