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Civil Justice System Helps Reduce Lead in Children’s Products

This just in: Those darned trial lawyers helped force the EPA to do the right thing and work to reduce the amount of lead in children's products:

While the EPA can ban a substance such as lead, only the commission has the authority to ban a product. The Sierra Club last year petitioned EPA and the commission to monitor and ban the making of any children's necklaces, bracelets, rings and other jewelry that contains lead.

After the EPA rejected the petition, the two groups sued the EPA last year in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, where the Sierra Club is headquartered.

The lawsuit also followed the death of 4-year-old Jarnell Brown of Minneapolis, who died last year from acute lead poisoning by swallowing part of a heart-shaped charm bracelet distributed by Reebok International Ltd. The child's death was ruled accidental, but Reebok recalled 300,000 of the silver-colored, Chinese-made bracelets found to be 90 percent lead that the company had given away with its shoes.

Source: EPA to cut lead in kid products - Environment -

The "downside," of course, is that underprivileged childen will no longer be able to purchase cheap toys and jewelry that can kill them. Darn that tort tax and it's effect on the poor.

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Posted at 10:15 AM, Apr 17, 2007 in Environment
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