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April 3rd, 2009

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06:31 pm - Lead hazards in books (heads-up for concerned US readers)
Okay, do you all remember my post about new safety regulations in the States causing children's books printed before 1985 to be taken off shelves?

Here's a followup, from a Slate.com blog:

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., introduced legislation on Tuesday to exclude so-called "ordinary" books [from these new regulations]. Let's all send him an e-mail of support.

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Date:April 4th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
What's the difference between an ordinary and a non-ordinary book?
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Date:April 4th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Heh, I'm not sure. I'm hoping it's something like "ordinary"=regular books to be read, including picture books, while non-ordinary are, say, those thick cardboard toddler books, which are expected to be chewed on and thus a tiny fraction more likely to actually *be* a hazard if there is lead in the paint or the ink.

I'm trying to track down the Slate.com article, and will post a link here when I find it.
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Date:April 4th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Thanks a million for this!
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Date:April 4th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
I do like it when I can be proud of my state.

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