The Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) wants to hear from you.
The agency has extended its comments period until April 15 as it considers a rule that would regulate a range of chemicals within a group called phthalates. These chemicals, among other purposes, keep plastics from shattering when bent, and play a useful role in a range of consumer products.
Some phthalates, such as di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), have already been banned. Others have been under scrutiny for years and have been subject to temporary bans, or have been banned from products that children are likely to put their mouths on.
The CPSC's proposed rule would extend the ban on diisononyl phthalate (DINP)—in effect since 2009–from a temporary restriction on mouthable children's toys and childcare articles, to a permanent ban on even non-mouthable children's products. The CPSC's justification is that non-mouthable products are touched, which can also cause exposure, thus adding to the cumulative exposure...
Following up on her promise to reject any gasoline tax increases without offsetting decreases in the state’s income tax rate, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) announced her plan to veto House Bill 3579 and Senate Bill 523.
As reported by the Charleston Regional Business Journal, “the House Ways and Means committee recently passed a proposal to raise the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon while the Senate proposal suggests a 12-cent increase.”
In January, Haley announced her conditional support for a gas...
Desperate times breed desperate measures, and for climate alarmists these are desperate times.
There has been no measurable global warming for 18 years. The majority of polar bear populations are stable or growing; hurricane landfalls have been virtually nonexistent in the United States for a decade; cold temperature and snowfall records are being set daily (more than 2,600 cold temperature records were set or broken between February 19 and February 25 of this year alone); Antarctica is setting...
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