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Press Statement from CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum Regarding President Barack Obama's Call for Sensible Regulations

August 31, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has a 30 year history of undertaking various regulatory review efforts, in keeping with our role as an independent safety agency dedicated to protecting Americans from unsafe consumer products that can cause serious injury or death. Earlier this year, I directed agency staff to reinvigorate CPSC's voluntary review process, which is intended to look at ways to maximize openness and public participation, and effectively review substantive regulations that may require revision, repeal, or strengthening.

As CPSC moves toward completion of the remaining rulemakings mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which Congress explicitly exempted from many of CPSC's traditional rulemaking requirements, we have strengthened our nation's product safety net and now, under my direction, we are aiming to revive our regulatory review program.

I believe this approach is consistent with President Obama's call for a sensible and streamlined regulatory system that is protective of public health and safety, and I look forward to working with the President and Congress, as appropriate, as our review process moves forward.

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