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State drywall panel formed

Virginia officials are forming a state task force to advise the federal government what to do about defective Chinese drywall that has sickened residents and ruined homes in the Tidewater area.

The announcement comes today from Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, who met with affected residents in early February. He said he has been working with relevant state agencies since then. “This task force is an extension of our efforts so that we have an opportunity to formulate a state response to the federal government,” Cheng said in a news release.

A group of Virginia homeowners is waiting for a ruling from a federal judge in New Orleans who is considering the proper remedy for homes built with the sulfurous wallboard.

By Peter Vieth

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