WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Drywall Legislation Passes House, Heads To Senate

Play associated audio

For more than a decade, some homeowners in Virginia and Florida have had to deal with the devastating effects of putting Chinese drywall in their homes. Sulfurous gases in the drywall are highly corrosive and have made thousands of homes uninhabitable, eroding pipes and causing respiratory illnesses.

Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell ushered a bill through the House to set higher standards for drywall and to help families recover.

"This is not a partisan issue," says Rigell. "It's an American problem. We're moving in the direction of holding the manufacturers of the dry wall in China accountable for, really, the damage they've done, not only to the financial situation of so many Americans, but also the health side of it as well."

Rigell's legislation is now awaiting Senate action when Congress reconvenes in November. But lawmakers have a busy schedule and it's unclear if senators will take up his bill.

NPR

Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
NPR

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
NPR

Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
NPR

Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.