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Paper, Wood Earn Exemption From Lead Testing

Aug. 25, 2009 - The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has decided to exempt paper, paperboard, corrugated packaging and wood from costly new lead-testing requirements on the grounds that the materials meet even the most stringent CPSC lead standards, reported the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA).

AF&PA said that with this decision, makers of paper, paperboard, corrugated packaging and untreated wood are relieved from testing requirements of Section 102 of the CPSIA.

Final products made from the materials still must meet the Act’s lead limits, AF&PA added.

“The Commission’s action provides a direct benefit to consumers because it ensures that renewable and recyclable paper, packaging and wood products will continue to be available at a reasonable cost," said Donna Harman, president and CEO of AF&PA. "We appreciate the careful, thoughtful consideration of the scientific evidence by the Commission in coming to this decision.”

SOURCE: AF&PA




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