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U.S.: Faulty Chinese drywall linked to corrosion

Initial findings from a study of 51 homes by the Consumer Product Safety Commission links corrosion in homes with Chinese drywall to the imported product, the agency said Monday.

Several federal agencies have been investigating complaints from thousands of homeowners -- many in Florida -- whose homes were built with Chinese drywall who have complained that copper tubing in their air conditioning units and electrical wiring have corroded, their homes smell like sulfur and they are having trouble breathing.

Until now, the government had not made a direct link between the complaints and the import.

But in a report Monday, the federal government said, ``There was a strong association between the problem drywall, the hydrogen sulfide levels in homes with that drywall, and corrosion in those homes.''

The agency said it is still investigating a link between health problems and emissions from the drywall.