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  • Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers

    10/01/2015 7:57:01 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies
    NBC ^ | 10-1-15 | Stephanie Gosk
    University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that artificial turf used on soccer fields was the culprit. "I realized, 'Oh my God, the thing that she loved most probably killed her,'" June Leahy told NBC News. "And that was hard." Leahy says since her daughter's death, she still hasn't gotten enough answers — or action from lawmakers and regulators.
  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”“The Consumer Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”),” the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including “stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • Bureaucrat Scrooge’s Seek to Wrap Christmas Season in Red Tape

    12/23/2014 7:18:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | December 23, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    Hide your Santa’s, hide your reindeer, and take down your wreaths …because big government is regulating everything! That’s right, the government is now turning all its nanny state hate towards the holiday season – and in a move that would make even the Grinch blush, President Obama’s bureaucracy is proposing new regulations on the use of traditional Christmas lights and other holiday decorations. This month the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) un-wrapped new proposed federal regulations that if enacted, would categorize certain Christmas lights and other “seasonal decorative lighting products” as posing a “substantial product hazard” to the public at...
  • Un-deck the halls? Regs target Christmas lights

    10/16/2014 5:40:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Christmas lights and other seasonal decorations are the target of new federal regulations as the holidays approach. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed new requirements on Tuesday to prevent decorative lights from causing electrical fires and other dangers in homes around the country. The new rules would apply to everything from Christmas tree lights to the light sculptures and animated figures of Santa Claus and his reindeer that illuminate front yards across the country. Decorative lighting that does not meet new standards will be considered hazardous, the agency said. "Consumers can be seriously injured or killed by electrical shocks...
  • Government Destroys Buckyballs, Assaults the Mind

    12/14/2012 9:19:49 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 50 replies
    The Objective Standard ^ | 12/14/12 | Ari Armstrong
    It felt like Christmas had come early when I got my package of Buckyballs in the mail a few days ago. Buckyballs are small, super-strong spherical magnets made of the rare-earth metal Neodymium. A set of 216 Buckyballs fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Obviously Buckyballs are adult toys, and Maxfield and Oberton emphatically warns users not to give them to children, eat them, inhale them, or place them near objects (such as pacemakers) that are sensitive to magnets. However, for those who use Buckyballs with common sense and due care, they are reasonably safe—just like countless other...
  • Buckyballs toy company fights Nanny State: #SaveOurBalls

    07/30/2012 9:35:08 PM PDT · by RedCell · 46 replies ^ | 7/30/2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Buckyballs, the three-year-old innovative toy company that makes magnetic desk toys for adults, is in the fight of its life. The Obama administration’s Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a lawsuit to stop the firm from selling its products and to issue a recall of its toys. Several retailers have yanked the magnets, despite the company’s clear warning that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are for adults — not children. Buckyballs executives have taken to social media and radio airwaves to save the company.
  • EDITORIAL: Leash law for lawyers--Congress takes aim at jackpot justice

    03/01/2011 4:38:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2011 | Editorial
    The Republican-led House of Representatives is fighting back against big-money plaintiffs’ attorneys who use campaign cash to control congressional Democrats. A provision in the budget continuing resolution would forbid government from spending funds to implement a new Consumer Product Safety Commission program. On March 11, the CPSC is set to launch a new online database publishing thousands of outside complaints about allegedly unsafe products. These attacks would be publicized before any investigation and without independent evidence that complaints are legitimate. It’s an open invitation for competitors or interest groups to destroy a product’s reputation - and sales - without proof....
  • EDITORIAL: The red tape stimulus--Safety bureaucrats need a lesson in economic reality

    08/16/2010 5:29:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 16, 2010 | Editorial
    The latest dictates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will drive up the cost of manufacturing products intended for children. The agency adopted a pair of new rules in July and August implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, but as drafted, these regulations will force companies to waste time and money on redundant testing programs solely for the entertainment of bureaucratic busybodies. Anne Northup, one of the agency's five commissioners, has waged an often lonely fight in favor of common sense on this issue. She opposed the requirement for third-party testing of mattresses, carpets and other...
  • Move afoot in Congress to ban drop-side [baby] cribs

    05/23/2010 6:34:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 63 replies · 1,282+ views
    Ass Press ^ | May 23, 2010 | Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer
    [Edited for excerpt] The baby crib, usually a safe haven for little ones, became a death trap for 6-month-old Bobby Cirigliano. The side rail on his drop-side crib slid off the tracks and trapped his head and neck between the mattress and the malfunctioning side rail. His face pressed against the mattress, the boy suffocated. Bobby was one of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000 who suffocated or were strangled in a drop-side crib, which has a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily than cribs with fixed...
  • Feds: Homes With Chinese Drywall Must Be Gutted

    04/02/2010 10:37:47 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 133 replies · 6,665+ views
    Associated Press via ABC News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Associated Press
    New federal guidelines say thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall won't be safe unless they are completely gutted. The Consumer Product Safety Commission released the guidelines Friday. They say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall must be removed. About 3,000 homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall. A large quantity of the drywall was imported during the housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes. It has been linked to corrosion of wiring, air conditioning units,...
  • Lead Prompts Libraries to Remove Some Children's Books

    08/18/2009 8:22:53 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 18 replies · 490+ views ^ | August 18, 2009 | Fiction Addiction
    A federal law banning lead and other toxic substances in products for children 12 and under has raised new concerns. Some libraries have pulled children's books that were printed before 1986 because lead was used in printer's ink before then. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the chances of those books containing lead harmful to children is low. At least two libraries didn't want to take any chances and removed the books from their shelves. The Consumer Product Safety Commission interprets the new federal law to include books but hasn't weighed in on whether older books could cause...
  • AP Interview: Product safety chief warns industry

    07/21/2009 3:30:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1,222+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/21/09 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the nation's top safety officials is putting manufacturers on notice: Comply with new rules aimed at keeping children's products safe, or face the potential of big fines. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said Tuesday that her agency will get new enforcement tools next month—and she plans to use them in order to protect consumers, especially children.
  • Garage sales covered under new product safety laws

    05/26/2009 8:42:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies · 1,956+ views ^ | 5/26/2009 | SARA SHEPHERD
    Selling any used cribs or playpens at your upcoming garage sale? Children’s clothes with drawstrings or zippers? Pre-1985 books? Rubber duckies or pool floaties? Better check them twice. Just like megasize toy manufacturers and stores that sell products from China, the notoriously broad and confusing federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act applies to you and your front yard
  • Makers Are Pushing Back on Toxic-Toy Law

    03/05/2009 8:09:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 682+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 5, 2009 | Joseph Pereira
    Makers of children's products and charities that run second-hand shops are stuck with more than $1 billion of inventory they can't sell because of a new federal product-safety law, according to surveys by trade groups and the charities. The goods, which have -- or are suspected of having -- illegal levels of lead or plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates, include everything from beach balls to second-hand clothes to brand-new all-terrain vehicles for children. The goods -- piled up in warehouses and storerooms -- will have to be incinerated or dumped, resulting in write-offs and disposal costs that the suppliers say they...
  • DeMint Introduces Consumer Products Safety Reform Bill

    02/05/2009 2:50:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 912+ views
    Legislation will protect families, charities and small businesses from regulations and lawsuits that could kill thousands of jobs. Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced the introduction of a bill protect small businesses, charities and families by reforming the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Senator DeMint’s legislation would stop the most overreaching and burdensome aspects of CPSIA, slated to take effect February 10. Unless reformed, the new law will demand onerous testing for anything geared towards children age 12 and under. This mandate would fall on books, toys, clothing, hair bands, board games, sporting equipment, backpacks,...
  • New consumer law could threaten used clothing stores

    01/07/2009 10:54:31 AM PST · by Question Liberal Authority · 69 replies · 4,064+ views
    Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) - Families who depend on thrift stores and consignment shops for kid's clothing could lose that option in a few weeks. That’s because a new federal safety law is written so broadly, it could force these stores to stop selling kids clothes entirely. The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act takes effect February 10. It requires any store to certify that clothing sold for children 12 and under is free of dye laced with lead or other chemicals. Beth green smith owns the golden hangers consignment store in western lights: “When you're talking about consignment, it's...
  • New safety rules for children's clothes have stores in a fit (Anti Lead Law)

    01/06/2009 9:37:15 AM PST · by Question Liberal Authority · 54 replies · 1,351+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan 2, 2009 | Alana Semuels
    Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing. The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead. "They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of...
  • second hand childrens clothes illegal?

    01/04/2009 6:02:37 AM PST · by Megben · 234 replies · 5,647+ views
    the simple dolloar ^ | 01/04/09 | megben
    Trent Hamm at writes in his January 3 entry (excerpted) : "For those of you who haven’t heard the news yet, on February 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act comes into effect. One of the major changes that this program will bring into play is a mandate that everything sold for children 12 and younger will have to be tested for lead and phthalates, and anything that isn’t tested (or that fails) will be considered hazardous and cannot be sold. Read more about the CPSIA at the L.A. Times and some interesting blog commentary from the fashion...
  • Congress sends Bush bill banning lead in toys

    07/31/2008 9:20:24 PM PDT · by logician2u · 18 replies · 227+ views
    AP ^ | 7/31/2008 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed and sent to the White House legislation that bans lead from children's toys and seeks to ensure that chemicals posing possible health problems will not end up on toys and articles that kids chew on and play with. The Senate, stymied by partisan differences over the energy crisis, put aside those differences momentarily to vote 89-3 for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The House passed the bill Wednesday by 424-1, a reflection of the national outcry over a rash of recalls last years of toys and children's products contaminated by lead...
  • Hobby Lobby Stores Recalls (plastic) Easter Egg ... Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

    03/24/2008 7:27:03 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 13 replies · 364+ views
    CPSC ^ | 3/21/08 | --
    March 21, 2008 In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., of Oklahoma City, Okla., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Camouflage Eggs and Spinning Egg Top Toys. The paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Also: March 20, 2008 Toy Puzzle Vehicle Sets Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold Exclusively by QVC March 18, 2008 Galison/Mudpuppy Recalls Wire Bound Journals and Calendars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard March 18, 2008 Reebok to Pay Record $1,000,000 Civil Penalty for Violation of Federal...