[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 160 (Thursday, August 19, 2010)]
[Pages 51246-51247]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-20599]



[Docket No. CPSC-2010-0087]

Petition Requesting Regulations Restricting Cadmium in Children's 

AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (``Commission'' or 
``CPSC'') has received a petition requesting standards restricting 
cadmium in children's products, especially toy metal jewelry. The 
Commission invites written comments concerning the petition.

DATES: The Office of the Secretary must receive comments on the 
petition by October 18, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CPSC-2010-
0087, by any of the following methods:
    Submit electronic comments in the following way:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.

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To ensure timely processing of comments, the Commission is no longer 
accepting comments submitted by electronic mail (e-mail) except through 
    Submit written submissions in the following way:
    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM 
submissions), preferably in five copies, to: Office of the Secretary, 
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 502, 4330 East West Highway, 
Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504-7923.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number for this notice. All comments received may be posted 
without change, including any personal identifiers, contact 
information, or other personal information provided, to http://www.regulations.gov. Do not submit confidential business information, 
trade secret information, or other sensitive or protected information 
electronically. Such information should be submitted in writing.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rocky Hammond, Office of the 
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, 
Bethesda, Maryland 20814; telephone (301) 504-6833, e-mail 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Empire State Consumer Project, Sierra 
Club, Center for Environmental Health, and Rochesterians Against the 
Misuse of Pesticides (``petitioners'') submitted a petition stating 
that the Commission should issue regulations to ban cadmium in all toy 
jewelry under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (``FHSA''), 15 
U.S.C. 1261 et seq. Specifically, petitioners request that the 
Commission adopt regulations declaring that any toy metal jewelry 
containing more than trace amounts of cadmium by weight which could be 
ingested by children be declared a banned hazardous substance. If the 
Commission finds that it lacks sufficient information to determine the 
appropriate level of cadmium in products, petitioners request that the 
Commission, as an interim measure, adopt the maximum levels established 
for lead. In addition, petitioners request a test method based on total 
cadmium, which simulates a child chewing the jewelry before swallowing 
by cutting the metal jewelry in half, and evaluating the extractability 
of cadmium from children's metal jewelry based on a 24-hour acid 
extraction period. Petitioners also assert that if the CPSC has 
insufficient information regarding cadmium, it should obtain additional 
information under the Interagency Testing Commission (``ITC'') through 
the Toxic Substances Control Act (``TSCA'') administered by the 
Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') to include metal jewelry in 
the scope of reporting under section 8(d) of the TSCA and require 
importers and processers to test toy metal jewelry for cadmium.
    Interested parties may obtain a copy of the petition by writing or 
calling the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety 
Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 
504-6833. The petition is also available at http://www.regulations.gov 
under Docket No. CPSC-2010-0087, Supporting and Related Materials.

    Dated: August 13, 2010.
Todd A. Stevenson,
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
[FR Doc. 2010-20599 Filed 8-18-10; 8:45 am]