"Efforts to crack down on lead paint thwarted by China, Bush Administration" by Kevin G. Hall of, naturally, McClatchey Newspapers. Hall explains that "The Bush administration has hindered regulation on two fronts." First, "It stalled efforts to press for greater inspections of imported children’s products" and second, "it altered the focus of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), moving it from aggressive protection of consumers to a more manufacturer-friendly approach."

Now that this is in the news, of course, the administration is ordering the government to look into ways to keep kids safe from lead toys, "but as recently as last December, the Sierra Club sued the Bush administration after the Environmental Protection Agency rebuffed a petition to require health and safety studies for companies that use lead in children’s products." There's more in the article, so read the whole thing.

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