Questions about industry influence at CPSC

Two weeks ago, we blogged, here, about FairWarning's investigation, here, into industry influence at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Now, the House Energy and Commerce committee has called on the acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ann Marie Buerkle, to disclose her contacts with business groups, and has noted concern that the FairWarning article “suggests you are prioritizing the interests of industry over the safety of consumers.”

The March 29 letter from Committee Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) requests copies of all communications with industry or voluntary standards groups regarding the establishment of federal product safety rules. The letter also requests information on whether Buerkle has directed CPSC employees to delay work on safety standards or other corrective actions “in a manner inconsistent with the recommendation of career staff.”

FairWarning's follow-up article is here.

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