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Boynton homeowners claim drywall is harming health

By Al Pefley bio | email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - We've been telling you about toxic drywall from China that was installed in local homes and throughout the South, but could some of that bad drywall have been made in the United States?

Update, FRI 10:30 AM: Boynton Beach homeowners claim their drywall is making them sick and corroding pipes.

Up until now, all of the drywall is said to have come from China. But, at least, one family says they ordered 100 percent American drywall, and they, too, are having problems. It's unclear if that drywall was really made in the U.S. or if it was made in China and passed off as American.

The latest development is only adding to the confusion. "Any one home could have a lot of mixtures of boards in it or have a board that is someone else's board."

Lawyers are filling class action lawsuits to help families who have to pay to rip out the toxic drywall.

Previously: Homeowners in suburban Boynton Beach are worried  that their homes might be making them sick.  They live in Cobblestone Creek, a gated community west of Boynton Beach on Lyons Road.

The homeowners say they believe a lot of the homes there were built with Chinese drywall. They bought their homes brand new two or three  ago, and never dreamed they'd have a problem with the imported drywall that was used in the construction. Experts say Chinese drywall emits a gas that smells like rotten eggs, and corrodes copper wires in the air conditioner systems, pipes, shower heads, even pieces of metal jewelry. Some fear it's harming their health.

"I know that I've been having respiratory problems, I know that my family's been having respiratory problems. There's something going on. And uh, you know we need to have our houses tested," said Meredith Elrich, a homeowner who's lived at Cobblestone Creek since February 2007.

Residents at Cobblestone Creek are considering legal action against the builder, and are planning a community meeting at their clubhouse Thursday night at 7pm.

The builder Northstar Homes would not comment on camera.  But they did release a written statement.  "Northstar Homes is aware of the imported drywall concerns voiced by homeowners. We have been proactively pursuing resolutions directly with the drywall manufacturers. The issues with imported Chinese drywall that have been reported in the media over the past several months are not unique to Cobblestone Creek but appear to be an industry-wide issue.  Northstar Homes will continue to actively pursue an ongoing effort on behalf of our homeowners. We plan on meeting in the near future directly with our homeowners to review the results of our investigation and discuss potential resolutions of customer concerns," said Scott Worley, owner of Northstar Homes.

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