Maybe the rest of you have also been hearing about this new law. I’ve read about it several places in the last week. I’m wondering why no one was talking about it before! When this law takes effect on February 9, 2009, each and every product sold in the USA for use by children age 12 & under MUST be tested and certified as lead and phthalates free–expensive testing, of course. (and what in the world are phthalates, anyway? )
Most of the things I’ve read about it have dealt with used children’s clothing (which is pretty much all my kids ever wore) and bemoaning the fact that it will hurt resale shops severely and our pocketbooks immensely when we can longer buy and sell children’s clothes. (My answer to that is to simply trade them back and forth between families–they can’t regulate that, can they?)
But this morning I got an e-mail from a company that sells CDs, mostly targeted to homeschoolers. They sent me this link http://www.homeschoolradioshows.com/liquidation/ which states that everything in their inventory must go by Feb 9, or they will have to take it to a landfill.
HUH???? CDs??? Since when has anyone EVER gotten lead poisoning from a CD? Do you let your babies chew on them or what? This whole thing is completely run amok!
Congress may prate about their concern for the economy and the environment, but what this law will really do is drive a lot of small businesses to bankruptcy AND stuff our already overloaded landfills to overflowing. WHERE is this helping our nation? (oh yeah, those phthalates testers …and the big retailers, who are going to be getting more of our money, since we can no longer buy used …)
EVERY site I have been able to find that deals with numbers of lead poisoning case shows a dramatic decline in the past ten years, so obviously whatever we’re doing is working. It’s getting better, folks! Continue with the things that are already working!
One interesting tidbit I gleaned:
Sources of Lead:
Dusting, flaking and peeling residential lead paint is by far the most significant source of lead exposure to children.1,3 Other important sources of childhood lead exposure include soil contaminated by industry or traffic, and contaminated drinking water systems. However, children can be exposed to lead from countless sources, including imported pottery and ceramics, imported foods, toys, or cosmetics, folk medicines, leaded weights and fishing sinkers, parent occupational exposures, and exposure to maternal lead stores during pregnancy or through breast milk.
So now that lead-based paint is becoming more and more rare, the next in order of concern is contaminated soil and drinking water. So our government’s answer is to force countless businesses to dump all their inventory into LANDFILLS. uh-huh.
It seems to me that upgrading pre-1940s housing, which is where the vast majority of lead-poisoning seems to occur, would be far more helpful on this front than this utterly stupid law which has been passed. Get rid of all that old lead-based paint, upgrade all those old plumbing systems–that is where the kids are getting it, NOT from their clothes and CDs.
Is anyone else as outraged by this as I am? HOW can people be so utterly stupid? WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?