The Investigation

CPSC's science-driven investigation of problem drywall began in early 2009 when the agency heard from families and states that were impacted. CPSC visited affected homes to see the problem first hand and to meet homeowners in person who were experiencing this problem, sent an investigative team to China, and launched dozens of scientific studies to determine if there was a health and safety hazard. The agency joined forces with the the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to form the Federal Interagency Task Force on Problem Drywall.

Scientific studies funded by CPSC at the nation's top laboratories determined a strong association between problem drywall, hydrogen sulfide and corrosion. Importantly, this led to the development of identification and remediation guidance for homeowners with problem drywall.

CPSC is confident that its extensive research and testing have been successful in defining the scope of the problem drywall issue, in producing identification and remediation protocols, and in providing homeowners with all the assistance possible within the agency's jurisdiction and appropriated funds authority.

  • Guidance documents
  • Press statements/Video News Releases
  • Letters from CPSC
  • Status Reports to Congress
  • Reports of Scientific Investigation
  • Incident Reports Made Public
  • Media Conference Calls/Readouts 
     

Guidance

Press statements/Video News Releases

Letters from CPSC

Status Reports to Congress

Reports of Scientific Investigation

Incident Reports Made Public

Media Conference Calls/Readouts

  • November 23, 2009 Media Conference Call (MP3)
  • October 29, 2009 Media Conference Call (MP3) (transcript) (PDF)
  • Chairman's Florida Drywall Visit