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China investigating drywall exports

-Quoting from China's state-run news agency, UPI reports that China is officially investigating drywall exported to the U.S. and used to build homes in Florida as well as four other states.

The wire service reports that China's General Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine told Xinhu is "very concerned" about reports that the building material was creating sulfer-like odors and corroding such metallic objects as air conditioning components, nails, fixtures and in some cases, jewelry and picture frames.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. and U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, have both introduced bills aimed at barring imports of the material and requiring the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission to investigate.

More than 150 homeowners claiming to be affected by Chinese drywall are on a list compiled by the Florida Department of Health. Locally, problems have been reported by residents of Heritage Harbor, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto. There have been 213 homes statewide reported the state health department.

Nelson met with Manatee County homeowners Tuesday about problems in their home.

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