CPSIA doesn't make sense


$4,000 to test this bracelet for lead?

I really wish I had gotten to this topic sooner but I just wasn't paying attention to all of my emails and the press on this situation. There is a new law (CPSIA) that is due to go into effect Feb. 10 2009 that will require almost every product that is sold for or marketed to children (clothing, books, toys, bikes, shoes etc.) to undergo lead testing and be permanently branded as safe.
The requirements of this measure will prove to be extremely costly for small businesses (approx. $4,000 per toy) and toys that aren't marked to show that they have passed the test will be deemed not fit for sale or donation. This means a lot of stuff headed for landfills. This measure could effectively send small businesses who make and sell childrens products, resellers and crafters of the same effectively out of business.
AN excerpt from Storque on Etsy says "The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of toys that have earned and kept the public's trust. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children's products will no longer be legal in the US. Thriving small businesses are crucial to the financial health of our nation. Let's amend the CPSIA so that all businesses large and small are able to comply and survive!"

Please help out by writing to your congress people, joining the Facebook Group or follow this link for more action you can take to help reverse this measure!