Monday April 17, 2017
CPSC Extends Comment Period for Fireworks NPR
CPSC members voted 4-1 to approve a 90-day extension for comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) on fireworks. Commissioner Elliot Kaye was the negative. The deadline was April 18.
The proposal (PSL, 1/2/17) involves agency staff recommendations to modernize CPSC rules, including adjusting the long-criticized "ear test" for audible effects. The direction is to evaluate if break/burst charges have metallic powder less than 100 mesh. (PSL, 11/28/16).
Other elements of the proposal include attention to explosive powder for non-audible effects, prohibited chemicals, fuse side-ignition, base attachment, fragmentation, trace contaminations, and various editorial/definition updates.
Interestingly, initial publication of the NPR for comments (PSL, 1/16/1) passed 3-0 with Republican commissioners abstaining to voluntarily honor a then-in-effect White House directive for a regulatory freeze. CPSC did not need to comply as an independent agency.