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HEALTH DEPARTMENT AVAILABLE TO ANSWER CHINESE DRYWALL QUESTIONS
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Press Release   
APRIL 9th, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: TIM O’CONNOR
PHONE: 561-671-4013
 FAX: 561-837-5197


    PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – Palm Beach County Health Department Director, Dr. Jean Malecki has made her environmental health and epidemiological staff available to the community to answer questions on the current Chinese drywall issue faced by some residents.

    “I am very concerned for the people in our area who have this drywall in their homes. I have talked with and listened to a number of these residents and we need to move quickly toward a resolve. People’s health is at stake here,” said Dr. Malecki.

    The Florida Department of Health has been testing the composition of drywall imported from China since January. It has found that some homes built in 2004, 2005, and 2006 have the imported drywall installed. The import was used due to the domestic shortage during the housing boom and post hurricane rebuilding.

    A known difference in the composition of the Chinese drywall is the presence of Strontium Sulfide which is a chemical compound known to emit the odor of hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) especially in areas where heat and high humidity are prevalent. In addition, black corrosive material has been found on copper pipes, copper wires and other metals in these homes.

    “This problem has statewide, national and international implications. Our residents need someone locally to talk with and that is why I am making my staff available to gather information and assist where possible.” Malecki added that persons with confirmed Chinese drywall in their homes will be asked to answer a few questions that will help determine the commonality of health affects and the extent of damage to their homes.

    The Palm Beach County Health Department Environmental Division can be reached at 561-355-3070 other information can be obtained by visiting the website at  www.pbchd.com

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