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Chinese Drywall Remediations, Inspections,Testing i
The Home Experts, Licensed General Contractor in Florida for years CGC007826
Member ASTM C-11 Committee for Chinese Drywall Standards
EPA Certified Lead Remodeler.


Chinese DW Conference

Mr Herman Recently attended an exclusive Chinese Drywall Conference and a Chinese Drywall Technical Symposium The below agendas are impressive

Day 2, Friday, June 5, 2009

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Legal Liability of Foreign Corporations

  • Working Through the Hague Convention
  • Service Issues
  • Critical Issues to Consider
Jordan L. Chaikin, Parker Waichman Alonso, Bonita Springs, FL
Andrew P. Fishkin, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, New York

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Critical Insurance Considerations

  • Will the Commercial General Liability Policies Cover the Claims?
  • Bonds and Sureties?
  • How Much Insurance is Available?
Mark A. Boyle Sr., Boyle & Gentile, Fort Myers, FL
Steve Rawls, Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig, Tampa, FL
Ronald L. Kammer, Hinshaw & Culbertson, Miami

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Drywall Communications Strategy and Public/Media Relations

  • Guiding Homebuilders and Counsel Through the Media
  • Homeowner Communications
  • Public Response to Litigation - The Media Coverage So Far
  Glenn F. Bunting, Sitrick and Co., Miami

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Latest Viewpoints from the Experts

  • Toxicology Considerations?
  • Government Standards
  • Discussion of Drywall Composition and Gas Emissions
  • Building Construction Remediation
  • Exposure Pathways of Consequence From Chinese Dry Wall
  • Non-Cancerous Health Effects of Sulfur Emissions from Chinese Dry Wall
  • Toxic Responses of the Respiratory System to Particulates from Chinese Dry Wall
  • Health Effects of Contaminants in Coal Fly Ash
  • Strontium Rickets—A Potential Consequence for Children from Coal Fly Ash
  • Measures of Exposure to Contaminants in Chinese Dry Wall Pertinent to Residential Exposure
Patricia M. Williams, Ph.D., DABT, Environmental Toxicology Experts, Metairie, LA
Marco Kaltofen, P.E., President, Boston Chemical Data Corporation, Natick, MA


Technical Symposium on Corrosive Imported Drywall

November 5-6, 2009

Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center

Tampa, FL



Thursday, November 5, 2009
Registration Opens
  • Poster Presentation Set-Up
10:00 - 10:15
Session Chair Meeting

Welcome - Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H, the Florida Surgeon General

Opening Remarks David Krause
  • Emergence of Corrosive Drywall Issues and Demographics (FDOH) – David Krause
  • Recognizing the Emerging Issue (ENVIRON) - Jamie Poole
  • Gypsum (Materials and Nature) (USGS) - Rob Crangle
  • Drywall (Materials, Nature and Manufacturing) (Gypsum Association Rep) - Jeff Dushack 

State Agencies Guidance Summaries State of Florida agency representatives describe agency actions and the current status of corrosive imported drywall research, regulation and policy development.

  • Tim Townsend, Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Carl Chasteen, Florida Division of State Fire Marshall
  • Jim Richmond, Florida Department of Community Affairs
  • Lee Martin, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Richard Tedder, Florida Department of Environmental Protection 

Lunch and Poster Viewing
Federal Agencies Research Guidance Summaries Federal agency representatives describe agency actions and the current status of corrosive imported drywall research, regulation and policy development.
Materials Analysis Environmental consulting firms discuss analysis techniques employed to evaluate the constituents of drywall.
Emissions Testing - A presentation on the results of chamber studies and head space analysis performed to determine the chemicals released by corrosive drywall and the release rates.

Poster Reception (Author Attended) - An opportunity to meet with researchers and review their latest efforts.  The abstracts for posters presented have been reviewed by the technical committee to ensure applicability and usefulness for this meeting.

Friday, November 6, 2009
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Session Chair Meeting
Exposure & Toxicology Assessments (Part 1) - Private sector and government agencies who performed exposure sampling related to emissions from corrosive drywall present information and report on the toxological evaluation of sampling results.
  • David Krause, Florida Department of Health
  • Lynn Wilder, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Hung Cheung, Dr. Cheung/OEM Advisor, LLC 
  • Raj Singhvi, Environmental Protection Agency
Exposure & Toxicology Assessments (Part 2) - (Continuation of earlier session) Private sector and government agencies who performed exposure sampling related to emissions from corrosive drywall present information and report on the toxological evaluation of sampling results.
12:30-1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker - U.S Senator Bill Nelson
Remediation Practice & Protocols - A discussion of observations and findings during efforts to repair homes and proposed best practices and standards for repair.
Symposium Summary, Research Needs & Concluding Remarks Review and discussion of symposium outcomes and identification of primary areas for future work.
David Krause, Florida Department of Health

Day 1, Thursday, June 4, 2009

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome by Co-Chairs

Daniel K. Bryson,
Lewis & Roberts,  Raleigh, NC
Robert V. Fitzsimmons, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Miami

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
History of the Chinese Drywall Problem
  • What is Chinese Drywall?
  • When Did Chinese Drywall Arrive?
        - What Standards Apply to Drywall?
  • How Much Chinese Drywall is in the Market?
  • Who Supplies Chinese Drywall?
        - Discussions of Foreign Manufacturers
  • How and When Was the Problem Discovered?
  • How Many People and Homes are Affected?
Scott Wm. Weinstein, Morgan & Morgan, Fort Myers, FL
Michael Goetz, Morgan & Morgan, Fort Myers, FL
Additional Speaker to Be Announced

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Science of Drywall

  •What is Drywall?
        - How is Drywall Manufactured?
  • What is Gypsum?
  • How is Chinese Drywall Different?
  • Discussion of Sulfur-Based Compounds
  • What Damage Has Been Observed?
  • Is There a Health Problem with Chinese Drywall?
  • How Can the Problem Be Solved?
        - Investigative Procedures
        - Remediation and Repair
Zdenek Hejzlar, Ph.D., CSP, Engineering Systems Inc., Fort Myers, FL
John Ambrose, Ph.D., Forcon International, Gainesville, FL
Dan W. Bridge, Ph.D., CIH, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., Houston

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The Legal Liability of the Parties

  • The Different Entities Involved in the Construction Process
  • Who Are the Parties in Current Litigation?
  • What Are the Legal Theories?
William Cash, Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor, Pensacola, FL
Robert Blanchard, Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor, Pensacola, FL
Daniel J. Gerber, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Orlando, FL

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Findings from the Investigation of Chinese Drywall for the State of Florida

Lori A. Streit, Ph.D., Unified Engineering Inc., Aurora, IL

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Class Action or Mass Tort?

  • Will a Class Action be Certified?
  • Understanding the CAFA Jurisdiction
  • How Will these Cases Be Managed?
  • Status of MDL
Gary E. Mason, The Mason Law Firm, Washington, D.C.
Hilarie Bass, Greenberg Traurig, Miami

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Dealing with the Property Damage and Potential Health Effects

  • What Investigation is Necessary?
  • What Damages Can Be Expected?
  • What is the Scope of Repairs Required?
  • Can It Be Fixed?
  • Standard for "Remediation"
  • Potential Health Affects
Daniel E. Becnel Jr., Becnel Law Firm, New Orleans
Luis Prats, Carlton Fields, Tampa, FL

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Panel Discussion
Potential Resolution and Where Do We Go From Here

  • Global, Multi-Unit, Individual Resolutions
  • Insurance Limitations
  • Governmental Response
Steve W. Mullins, Luckey & Mullins, Ocean Springs, MS
Shawn M. Raiter, Larson • King, St. Paul, MN
Lori A. Streit, Ph.D., Unified Engineering Inc., Aurora, IL

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Cocktail Reception

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