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UPDATE: ALA Files Comments to Consumer Product Safety Commission

The American Library Association today submitted comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission) on January 15, 2009.

In addition to expressing our concern that the Commission’s implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) will prevent libraries from providing children with access to books and other print materials, the ALA urged the Commission to:  (1) Issue guidance or other notification confirming that the new lead limits do not apply to library books and related materials; and (2) Determine by rule that ordinary books do not inherently contain lead or contain lead below the CPSIA lead limits.  We believe both of these determinations are consistent with the language and intent of the CPSIA.

Click here to read the complete letter.

To share your concerns about this issue with the CPSC, contact Commissioner Thomas Moore at (301) 504-7902 Acting Commissioner (301) 504-7923.

Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director
ALA Washington Office

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