Get the Lead Back In!
Lead in children’s toys was a big story last year, and it might have caused Congress or regulators to go overboard in an anti-lead crusade. Because now Congress is considering a bill to relax the anti-lead standards for “secondary sales, repair services, and certain vehicles.”
Lead is bad for kids, but you don’t have to insulate kids from all contact with lead – just the forms that will hurt them. You could make the society worse off if you go too far and protect kids from lead in forms that don’t do them harm. That’s like putting a heavy coat on ‘em on a warm day. So . . . let’s get the lead back in!
(In truth, I know next to nothing about this issue, so welcome corrections and more information in the comments. Politely, please!)
Here’s the current vote on S. 608, which would amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to exclude secondary sales, repair services, and certain vehicles from the ban on lead in children’s products.