The Wall Street Journal, Letter to the Editor

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It is astounding that the Consumer Product Safety Commission's
leadership continues to insist that they need to do more research before
adopting a rule to protect American children ("Agency Misses Chance to
Curb Lead in Jewelry," Personal Journal, Feb. 12). Our organization
brought legal action to stop the threat of lead-tainted jewelry in 2003, and
following two years of negotiations, in January 2006 the jewelry industry
agreed on strict limits on lead in metal, vinyl and other materials used in
childrens' and adults' jewelry. Our settlement formed the basis for the California law on lead
in jewelry that went into effect last September. The agency's stalling
continues to put our children at risk from a totally unnecessary lead poisoning

Michael Green
Executive Director
Center for Environmental Health
Oakland, Calif.