I’ve been doing a lot of internet based radio interviews lately along with Jennifer Taggart. One of the questions that comes up repeatedly, is what do I think will happen? The real question is not whether something will happen, only when. Will “it” happen soon enough? With less than two weeks looming before National Bankruptcy Day, the future looks grim. I’ll post an entry later on long term consequences of CPSIA which are unavoidable regardless of whatever happens.
Other than the regular news on CPSIA in the forum (open access, updated all day long), I will be returning to Washington DC next Monday (meet up details) for a meeting with the Product Safety Council. I will share what details I am permitted at that time. There is progress but I’m not at liberty to discuss it. I’d hoped to be able to make a promising announcement on Monday but it hasn’t happened yet. I will break into “regular programming” the minute something I can publish, happens. In the meantime, the best thing you can do is to hold Waxman accountable. Conversely, the best way to do that is to contact your legislators and tell them to write Waxman a letter. This puts him on notice that his peers are onto him.
- [amended] NAM, representing the broad manufacturing industry, has sent a petition for a Final Request for Emergency Stay of Effective Dates to the CPSC late last night. There’s lots of signatories on this one including us. If you don’t want to download the word doc, it’s reprinted in the CPSIA forum. This petition is significant in part due to the diversity, inclusiveness and breadth of signatories. Politically speaking it vis a vis tells Congress we’re organized to fight this.
- The American Library Association, in spite of writing Congress several times weekly, has had no word. As of 2/10/09, even libraries will have to ban children aged 12 and younger.
- Charities still aren’t off the hook. The 60,000 members of Project Linus are still waiting for an official response to their plea.
- With help, I have completed and submitted an official response to the CPSC referencing the eight component questions (pdf). Members can access that document now; I’ll post it in a public area on 1/31/09 so everyone can read it. There was a problem with people who’d copied our first RFC and posted it all over the web (without attribution of course) and we had to start over because the CPSC throws duplicate responses in the garbage. Thanks copyright violators!
- The fastest updates on any news is usually found on twitter. You can access this page without an account but will have to keep reloading it or you can create an account and follow me.
- Lastly, a bit of comedic relief, CPSIA has been put to song in The Ballad of CPSIA.