Thursday, January 15, 2009

Federal laws on Children's stuff 12 and under

This new law is getting waaaaay ridiculous. One of my friends even pointed out that libraries may have to get rid of ALL their books meant for 12 and under by Feb 10th. Below are some links I found on a forum I go on. This new law, in my opinion, was ordered by the BIG book and children's businesses to boost their sales. What it's going to do and maybe boost them a tiny bit, but not enough to make up for this stupid law. Sorry, I have told my kids that word is not nice, but in this case it fits this law. And before I continue on my tyrad, I'm just going to post the links and info below so that this can be adverised everywhere. Feel free to pass this info on to other friends and their blogs!


"The Sale of Children's Books to be Banned ---

Oh, how I wish this were a joke! But it is a grim and looming, almost Orwellian, reality.

Effective February 10th, in the United States, the sale of all children's books (books intended for children ages 12 and under) is to be PROHIBITED. Every single book printed prior to the ruling is affected, whether new or used. New books in production are required to include a "lead-free" certification and will be the only books that are legal to offer for sale.

What does this mean to the homeschooling family?

Well, for one, curriculum fairs across the country will be cancelled as book vendors scramble to figure out how to comply with the new ruling. Complete book inventories will have to be destroyed -- the ruling even prohibits giving away the books! Local thrift stores will be hard hit -- most will likely have to close their doors -- yes, even Goodwill and Salvation Army.

Clothing, toys and books -- even CDs and DVDs are included in the ruling. Thrift stores will no longer be able to accept or process anything (including clothing) that would be intended for a child.

No more library sales. Libraries will not be permitted to give away or sell book donations. It is unsure yet, however, how the libraries' shelves themselves will be impacted (the ruling doesn't explicitly mention "loaning" books, just selling or giving them away). The key word, however, is "distribution" -- libraries may well be required to destroy books from their shelves.

(The ruling that originally passed was about toys, but the EPA has since made a statement that clothing, books and media are included in "children's toys".)

Just how serious is this new law?

Amazon.com has already notified all vendors of their need to comply. No book can be sold at the Amazon site that was printed prior to compliance. And the "compliance" must be coordinated at the manu- facturing stage. At the time of this article there is no clause to be able to grandfather-in older books or even rare out-of-print books. It can cost between $500 and $1500 to test a book for lead.

I happen to own a children's bookstore specializing in living books from the 1950s and '60s. My punishment for selling a book after February 10th? Up to $100,000 and 5 years in jail. And yes, it is a felony charge. For selling a SINGLE book.

(Although I don't think the S.W.A.T. team scenario would become a reality overnight, at the same time I would be leery of blatantly violating Federal law.)

So what can you do to help save your local used bookstore that sells children's books? Or that homeschool curriculum business? Or your EBay business selling children's items?

ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:

1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman at 888-531-9070. http://www.cpsc. gov/cgibin/newleg.aspx Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30, 2009. Or email: Sec102ComponentPart sTest...@cpsc.gov

2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact informa- tion, just enter your zip code. http://capwiz. com/americanapparel/dbq/officials/ 3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top

3 in each category will be presented to President-elect Obama. http://change. org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia

4) Sign the petition. http://ipetitions. com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/index.html

5) Spread the word! Forward this article. Send an email. Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and encourage them to do the same.

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For the complete story, read the following links:

http://www.cpsc. gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

Consumer Product Safety Commission Summaries on Legislation Index page for Children's Products Containing Lead; Lead Paint Rule and other rulings

http://www.cpsc. gov/about/cpsia/legislation.html#summaries

Office of the General Counsel FAQ on retroactive inventory require- ments -- The use of forward effective dates appears to force current inventories to adhere to the ruling on February 10th, 2009

http://www.cpsc. gov/about/cpsia/summaries/101brief.html

Specific FAQ on their interpretation of books and other media to be included in the testing of lead based products

http://www.cpsc. gov/about/cpsia/faq/101faq.html

Effective Date: Lead content limit of 600 ppm becomes effective 180 days after enactment. An advisory opinion regarding the application of the new lead limit to inventory existing at the effective date can be found on our web site at http://www.cpsc. gov/library/foia/advisory/317.pdf

Getting the Lead out: There is no lead in children's books http://news. bookweb.org/news/5695.html

There is no lead in Children's books: From a Pedtrician

http://health. yahoo.com/experts/childhealth/3955/is-there-lead-in-baby-books/

3 comments:

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Bree Patton said...

This makes me furious. Under the guise of protection, they are robbing us of our freedom and children from their ability to think and learn.
One more step towards making a nation full of mindless worker bees.