Keeping Books Safe
A Bad Law Threatens Our Past

Nicol, Elizabeth Mullaney
Date Written:  2009-04-02
Publisher:  The New Atlantis
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX8650

Imagine a dystopian horror tale in which virtually all books from the past were destroyed...Books that did not meet the ideologies of the publishers, the demands of the mass market, the trends of the day would be destroyed...That incredible scenario is actually playing out in terms of children's books under a law meant to protect toddlers from lead contaminant in toys. Called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the law was passed in August 2008 -- quickly, without scrutiny and nearly unanimously.

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