LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A new government report says toxic drywall is not to blame for a series of deaths; but people who have lived with the problem wallboard insist it is a health threat.
The Centers for Disease Control looked at the deaths of 11 people who were exposed to toxic drywall and found no link.
"There is no doubt in my mind that drywall has had an impact on health," said homeowner Richard Kampf. His Cape Coral home was gutted in August, and renovations are still being completed to remove the Chinese drywall they lived with for more than three years.
"For me, I had nosebleeds, I had a constant cough, I had a raspy throat, I had burning eyes," Kampf said.
Kampf believes the government's health studies so far are flawed, and need to look at the big picture.
"Very small sample and a very short period of time to turn it around," Kampf said. "To me, that's a scientific misjudgement."
Toxic American drywall forced George and Brenda Brincku to trade their Alva home for a rental. They worry for others who have no escape.
"If you're removed out of the environment, you do get better," George Brincku said. "But the problem is, a lot of people are still living in these homes, and they're stuck in these homes."
They want the government to get doctors involved in the drywall discussion.
"Now I think the physicians are stepping on board, and listening to homeowners and listening to their complaints, and they're all similar," said Brenda Brincku. "These are kids and animals that are in these homes, and adults. We need to know and have answers now."
In its release announcing the latest study, The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has asked the Centers for Disease Control to also consider a new study looking at possible long-term health effects.