Furnishing reform is in the spotlight in D.C. as residents and businesses fight over the best way to rein in mold and other contaminants found in homes and offices.
The debate, which has been going on for more than two years, has become so heated that a new bill has been introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (D-N.J.) that would prohibit manufacturers from offering new mold-fighting products without first undergoing an extensive test.
But even the bill’s supporters concede that it’s a big problem.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is currently debating a bill that would ban the sale of all new mold blocking products, including the ones from the makers of the popular foam and plastic flooring products.
The bill would also prohibit manufacturers of products like this from making new flooring or mold-blocking materials until at least five years after the product was released.
The industry, meanwhile, is calling for a moratorium on the sale and manufacturing of products containing such products until they’ve been tested and proven safe.
The debate is not limited to D.
A new survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Retail Federation (NRF) finds that nearly two-thirds of homeowners surveyed do not want to buy products made with the products they purchased, with the vast majority of those not buying because of health concerns.
The NRF found that one in four homeowners are concerned about mold and how they can prevent it from spreading and a majority of them are not buying the products that they were promised.
The NRF survey also found that nearly half of respondents said they did not want mold in their homes because of concerns about health, the NF report found.
The House committee, which is chaired by Rep, Chris Smith of New Jersey, has also held hearings on the issue.
The NAHB and NRF are two of the leading organizations pushing for the ban.
They are also two of three groups that have called for the sale ban to be lifted.
The other two are the National Manufacturers Association (NMA), which represents manufacturers, and the American Home Builder Association (AHBA), which includes homebuilders and contractors.
The new bill in the Senate, introduced by Smith, would also block the sale or manufacturing of all mold-resistant materials until the product has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC, however, is opposed to the idea, saying it could lead to more health issues.
Smith, who represents a district that includes the nation’s capital, has introduced two bills in the past two years that have failed to garner the support of the full House.
His most recent effort, which failed in the House earlier this year, would have required manufacturers to undergo a federal approval process before offering new products.
He said at the time that he was confident that the bill would pass the Senate and be signed into law.
He said he was disappointed that the House did not pass the bill in its current form.
He told reporters on Wednesday that the FDA’s review of the issue has found that the health concerns surrounding the product are unfounded and that the product is safe and effective.
The FDA has yet to make a decision on whether it will lift the ban, he said.
The NF has said that it believes the FDA is “well-prepared to implement a ban” on new mold resistant materials until it has been found to be safe.
It also said that there is evidence to show that the products could have adverse health effects.
According to the NF, the new bill would be a “massive setback” to homebuyers and businesses that have been waiting for a ban to come into force.
“We have spent years in the trenches and now we have to move to the sidelines,” NF President and CEO Dan Holleran said.
“The House and Senate bills are both about blocking the future of homebuyer protections and putting a massive amount of money into lobbying to defeat them.
They don’t do much to protect homeowners or businesses.”
Holleran added that the NF opposes the proposed ban because it is a “bait and switch” that is a ploy by lawmakers to get rid of the industry and hurt homebuyters.
“This is a desperate effort to score political points,” Hollerans said.