January 30th, 2009



Here's one rebuttal to the Snopes take on the CPSIA situation:


As Sarah says -- unfortunately, people are going to believe whom they want to believe, but I actually read through the relevant sections myself and Snopes is wrong. It's not murky. Enforcement will probably be murky, but the law is not. 

I think they're wrong, too. We've seen a lot of people slamming the Snopes article, but apparently the people at the site have made up their minds and are sticking to their guns. So, who debunks the debunkers? I dunno. Life is sticky.

Anyway, more from Sarah:

The legislation is here:

Anyone who wants to poke their eyes out should read the second doc, "Consumer Product Safety Act, As Amended". It sticks all the amendments into the original law so you can actually look back and forth at stuff.

A friend of Sarah's is working on a post about the CPSIA and points out that no-one can amend the law right now except one person:
Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

His contact info.
Honorable Henry A. Waxman
Committee on Energy and Commerce
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515

FYI, folks.


CPSIA update

Hi all, Sarah here, Evan is getting the little one ready for bed and asked me to post this update I had just posted to my blog:

The CPSC has just issued a one-year stay on testing requirements for the CPSIA. This means, people can keep selling! However, they are still liable if they do sell anything that doesn't meet the limits:

Manufacturers and importers -- large and small -- of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The good: etsy can live on! The insanely expensive testing is suspended for a year -- and during this year, perhaps Congress can modify this law to make it work.

The bad: this could make the movement to fix this lose steam, if people think everything is fine, and we'll all be back where we are now next year. And, no-one is completely off the hook.

A good and cautious analysis is up at ZRecommends.