Feds: Wiring in Chinese drywall homes no risk

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal regulators are no longer advising people to replace the electrical wiring in homes containing tainted Chinese drywall after a study found no safety hazard if the wiring is left in place.

On Friday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said a study found it safe to leave electrical wiring in homes. Still, some electrical components should be replaced, such as switches and circuit breakers. A year ago, regulators advised removing the electrical wiring.

Large quantities of defective Chinese-made drywall were imported during a past housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes five years ago. The drywall has been linked to corrosion in thousands of homes, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

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