I am working on getting you access to the entire video file of the hearing, stay tuned. To whet your appetite, however, here are three clips from the Q&A session. Dan Marshall of HTA, Rachel Weintraub of Consumer Federation of America and yours truly fielded some important questions about the excesses of the CPSIA. There are some really good nuggets in here, but my favorite is this exchange between Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), Dan Marshall and Rachel Weintraub:
Rep. Pitts: "Let me ask you then, do you think American toy distributors should be able to sell European toys that are compliant with the European [EN71 safety] standard?"
Dan Marshall: "Yes. I don't think anyone here is going to argue that a toy that's been tested to EN71 standards is not safe for the American market."
Rep. Pitts: " Does anyone disagree with that? Ms. Weintraub?"
Rachel Weintraub: "This is a complex issue, one of trade issues and harmonization of standards and I am not an expert on those issues. But there are reasons why the absorbability concept of lead has been rejected. And for those reasons, and I could get into them, but for those reasons, the U.S. has rejected looking at lead from that perspective."
[Ed. Note: To quote Ralph Kramden of the "The Honeymooners": "Hamana-hamana-hamana-hamana"]
Rep. Pitts: "So you do not think the EU adequately protects their children?"
Rachel Weintraub: "Umm, no, I'm not saying that but in terms of looking at how the test is conducted, it's very different than how the CPSC does."
Enjoy the clips.