CPSC contracting air research in Bragg baby deaths

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November 5, 2010 8:27:11 PM PDT
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the lead agency investigating a possible link to homes in the Fort Bragg baby deaths, has contracted Environmental Health & Engineering, the prime contractor for the US EPA's indoor air research.It is the same company the government used to test for Chinese drywall in homes nationwide where thousands of homeowners claimed they smelled sulfur-emitting drywall.

The CPSC was called in last month after Fort Bragg officials announced to the public it is investigating a possible link in the deaths of 10 babies in four years on post.

Nathanael and Krystyna Duke lived in one of the Fort Bragg homes under investigation when their 6-week-old infant, Gabriel died.

The ABC11 Eyewitness News I-Team has obtained the CPSC's field report of their home which indicates the house may have contained tainted Chinese drywall or some other sulfur-emitting hazard.

According to the CPSC field report, several of the metal fixtures in the home had become corroded and copper pipes and fittings turned black.

The builder at Fort Bragg has maintained that it has only used domestic drywall.

However, ABC11 has uncovered that one of the manufacturers who made the drywall used at Bragg is being sued over problems in another state.

The I-Team also obtained the lawsuit filed in US District Court in Florida and it alleges that National Gypsum's synthetic drywall is defective and caused many problems that the plaintiffs, George and Brenda Brincku, describe in a YouTube video.

"I took a lot of pictures while building our home," said Brenda Brinkcu in the video. "This is National Gypsum. All our drywall upstairs is from National Gypsum."

Click here to watch the video

And the couple claims sulfur off-gassing from that National Gypsum drywall caused pitting of their bathroom sink fixtures, corrosion of their electrical wires, even caused the tops of the perfume bottles and belts to turn black.

Similar corrosion was found in the home on Fort Bragg where three babies had been living or staying when they died, according to the report by a CPSC field investigator.

But officials at the CPSC in Washington say the field report is only preliminary and not conclusive until its testing is completed.

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