H.R. 4212 SenAmen: Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4212, the Drywall Safety Act of 2012

H.R. 4212

Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4212, the Drywall Safety Act of 2012

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
December 30, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4212, the Drywall Safety Act of 2012. The House passed H.R. 4212 on September 19, 2012 by voice vote. The Senate passed the amended version of the bill on December 21, 2012 by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

The Senate amendment clarifies Requires that the Consumer Product Safety Commission treat the drywall labeling standard ASTM-C1261-11 of ASTM International as a rule promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). The bill allows CPSC two years to promulgate a rule pertaining to sulfur content instead of one year as provided by the House-passed legislation.

Background

According to the sponsor’s office, contaminated Chinese-manufactured drywall was imported and used in home construction from approximately 2001-2009.  Scientific studies have shown this drywall to cause a corrosive environment for fire alarm systems, electrical distribution systems, gas piping, and refrigeration coils.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received reports of contaminated Chinese drywall in more than 3,991 homes in 43 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico.  The Chinese manufacturers, some of which are state owned, have refused to submit to the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.  Furthermore, reports from homeowners indicate that some contaminated drywall may be entering the recycling stream for use in new home construction or renovation.

Cost

No cost estimate.