[StBernard] St. Bernard is asking Attorney General for an investigation into Chinese drywall
Westley at da-parish.com
Sat May 23 10:07:12 EDT 2009
St. Bernard Parish President Craig P. Taffaro asks for help
For citizens with Chinese drywall in their homes
President calls for statewide support of an Attorney General's investigation
Because many St. Bernard Parish residents as well as others have been
affected by problems associated with Chinese drywall, St. Bernard Parish
President Craig P. Taffaro Jr., has asked the Police Jury Association of
Louisiana to have its members jointly request Attorney General Attorney
General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell to launch an investigation.
In addition to asking for statewide support, President Taffaro and the St.
Bernard Parish Council directly asked the attorney general to open an
investigation as well.
The problem has affected residents in many states, and it is especially
troublesome in Louisiana where many residents have learned they now have
Chinese sheetrock in new homes as well as homes renovated because of recent
"On behalf of St. Bernard Parish Government, I would like you to issue a
call to all 64 parish governmental entities to ask Attorney General James D.
"Buddy" Caldwell to open an investigation so he can use his subpoena power
to see what can be done to correct the issue and to learn how widespread the
problem is," Taffaro said in a letter to Roland Dartez, executive director
of the Police Jury Association.
The news reports offer a similar story: Louisiana families who may have
moved to a new home because a storm destroyed their homes or who may have
used their life savings to renovate hurricane-damaged homes now find
themselves facing a new challenge. They must decide what to do since their
homes and health are threatened by the building materials from China that
apparently emit hydrogen sulfide gas. This gas has been said to cause health
problems and damage appliances and wiring. Such affected homes are dangerous
and drywall must be removed and the house gutted to the studs.
Taffaro said it is critical that state government step up to assist families
who have rebuilt their homes only to learn they now have gut to the studs
again because of the tainted drywall.
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