Senate appropriators are waiting for a Consumer Product Safety Commission report on tests of health effects of drywall imported from China. “We will meet that deadline,” says CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson. Residents in 19 states say they believe health symptoms or metal corrosion are related to the wallboard. Appropriators directed CPSC to use its 2009 funds for the tests. The CPSC report is expected in early July.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan