(Near miss allows library escape for now)
From a Houston Chronicle article:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday that it will postpone lead testing requirements that would have put libraries at risk of liability lawsuits for loaning children’s books.Surely, a reasonable compromise can be reached sometime during the next year...even with the Federal Government in the picture.
Congress tightened limits on lead levels in children’s toys as part of the Consumer Project Safety Improvement Act, following a lead paint scare from imported children’s toys. The new requirements were set to take effect Feb. 10 and carried the weight of civil or criminal penalties for distributors of children’s products, including books.
This decision, once entered in the Federal Register, will give public libraries one year to decide how to bring their collections of children’s books into compliance.
While pleased, advocates of libraries would like to see more than a postponement of the requirement.