NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has found suspect materials in Chinese-made drywall, adding weight to fears that the house-building staple may be causing corrosion in homes and possibly sickening people in several states.

A report released Tuesday says the EPA tested Chinese-made wallboard in two Florida homes and discovered sulfur and two organic compounds associated with acrylic paint.

The report says those chemicals were not found in four samples of American-made drywall.

Several federal and state agencies are investigating complaints that Chinese-made drywall is corroding copper pipes, blackening jewelry and silverware and causing health problems.

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