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Senators urged to support relief bill for CPSIA lead-test law

By Adriana Stuijt     Feb 5, 2009 in Business
After millions of local homecrafters and handmade toy manufacturers were granted a one-year stay from the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act on January 30, a new relief Bill is now heading for the Senate to save US handcrafters from bankruptcy.
The Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act , CPSIA, will still require millions of domestic handcrafters and manufacturers of children's products to obtain expensive testing certificates to prove that their homemade children's goods do not contain dangerous levels of lead or other poisons such as phthalates - even if they have obtained a temporary one-year stay for a large number of their domestic handmade products. See the law here See the one-year stay details here
Republican Senator Bill de Mint of South Carolina now plans to urgently introduce a a technical amendment relief Bill for the widely-hated CPSIA, the CPSIA regulatory relief Bill in the Senate, and soon -- and homecrafters countrywide have launched a new grassroots campaign to get the relief Bill approved on the Senate floor. See details of Senator De Mint's relief Bill here:
Sign the petition to support the relief Bill here:
Hundreds of boxes of garments returned:
Steve Levy, director of operations at Star Ride Kids children's wear, which provides hundreds of jobs in New York city, supports the DeMint Bill and calls on New York senators to do the same. He says the CPSC's one-year delay decision has made matters even worse for them: "We now are receiving hundreds of boxes of garments returned by retailers who cannot afford to gamble on whether or not they have unsafe products on their shelves, he said, speaking in his capacity as a board member of the Children's Wear Coalition, which has called on two New York Democratic senators to support DeMint's relief Bill.
He said: "The most important language in Sen. DeMint’s legislation calls for a delaying the rules to give the CPSC the time it needs to develop a balanced, sensible approach to testing and certifying children’s clothing and eliminating the retroactive implementation of the regulation by making the compliance deadline for the new standards a “manufactured by” date, not a “sell-by” date.
Critical small business sector of New York hard-hit
“The fact is, if these totally unreasonable and unrealistic regulations go into effect on February 10th, they will have a devastating impact on a critical small business sector in New York at the worst possible time, when retail sales are plummeting and our economy is losing jobs across the board,” Silverstein said. see
The CPSIA was drawn up hurriedly by Congress late last year, after growing anger and unrest among the US electorate over the massive recalls of dozens of dangerous, lead-tainted Chinese toys and children's products containing lethal phthalates and potentially toxic levels of lead.
See our former article on this subject here
Under the CPSIA however, both domestic and foreign manufacturers of child-products will from this month, have to obtain a certificate proving that their products do not contain dangerous concentrations of phthalates and lead before they can sell their products. And while many homemade, handcrafted products have now been temporarily excluded from this Act for a year, they will still have to comply after that time unless the relief Bill for the CPSIA, soon to be introduced in the Senate, is approved..
The vast majority of US homecrafters say they thus are still facing bankruptcy, as they could never afford the expensive lead-tests through the government's certified laboratories to prove that each of their handcrafted products was safe under the requirements of CPSIA. The CPSIA also includes all domestic child-products, including the millions of homecrafters’ products, such as hand-knitted, quilted and hand-sewn clothes, wooden toys and the myriad of other safe products for children which traditionally have been sold by arts-and-crafts shops countrywide for decades.
See Handmade Toy Alliance's blogs at
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Our previous stories are here , here and here, also here, moreover here and here
The Children's Wear Coalition has also come out strongly in favour of the 'commonsense Bill', they said in a press release. They have also called on New York senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to help insert the language into the Senate’s stimulus plan -- thus saving thousands of New York jobs and small businesses.
“Sen. DeMint’s legislation is the first step in reversing the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s improper retroactive interpretation of the new federal lead legislation, a ruling that if not corrected will cost our industry 4,000 jobs and $500 million in revenue to the city,” said Cory Silverstein, Executive President of Kids Headquarters and a Member of the Coalition Executive Committee.
“The fact is, if these totally unreasonable and unrealistic regulations go into effect on February 10th, they will have a devastating impact on a critical small business sector in New York at the worst possible time, when retail sales are plummeting and our economy is losing jobs across the board,” Silverstein said.
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