The Alliance for Children's Product Safety, a coalition of small business owners, manufacturers, crafters and entrepreneurs who are impacted by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), issued the following statement regarding the CPSC's passage of the 100 ppm for lead content rule today by a vote of 3-2.
"Today, just three days after President Obama issued an Executive Order instructing the CPSC and other independent agencies to examine all rules for ineffective and unnecessary burdens and instructed the agency that decisions should be made only after consideration of the costs and benefits of new regulations, the CPSC enacted yet another costly rule that will do nothing to improve product safety but will cause further job losses in the children’s product market. The CPSC has already acknowledged that businesses will not be able to meet the 100 ppm lead standard without cost and disruption, and that consistent compliance with the new standard will be nearly impossible due to material and inter-lab variability and regulatory uncertainty. Most importantly, overwhelming costs imposed by the new standard will disproportionately affect smaller companies. On the other side of the ledger, the CPSC admits the health benefits of the new standard will be 'minimal'.
President Obama's Executive Order states 'Wise regulatory decisions depend on public participation and on careful analysis of the likely consequences of regulation. . . . To the extent permitted by law, such decisions should be made only after consideration of their costs and benefits (both quantitative and qualitative).' The President’s order notes the duty of the CPSC to regulate for public health and safety 'while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation.' The new rule fails Mr. Obama’s test.
It is disappointing that the majority of CPSC Commissioners ignored the explicit terms of the President’s order governing regulatory excess. The 100 ppm standard is a prime example of the economic self-destruction caused by the CPSIA: the imposition of costly and burdensome regulations that don’t improve product safety. It is now up to Congress to fix the numerous 'unintended consequences' of the CPSIA before more small businesses are forced to go out of businesses and more jobs are lost."
The Alliance for Children's Product Safety, Chaired by Rick Woldenberg, is a coalition of small business owners, manufacturers, crafters and entrepreneurs who are impacted by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). For additional information, please visit www.AmendTheCPSIA.com or contact Caitlin Andrews at 202-828-7637.