Saturday, February 7, 2009

I want to thank Laura Gunderson, journalist for the Oregonian for her incredibly thoughtful, well written piece in this Sunday’s paper.  Journalists that treat their subject with this amount of care and concern are few and far between.

Here’s a link to the Oregonian Article (on the new CPSCIA law/ standards).

I started a counter on my site tonight (Saturday night) we started with “1000” and will change that to the actual number shortly.  In the meantime the amount of hits we have received over 1000 are the number of hits we haver received since tonight.  (5 people looked at the site in the few minutes it took me to post this note!)

If people want to contact me directly - please e-mail me at

I am also very excited about a new opportunity that just came up yesterday.  At the end of this month I am going to have an XRF machine on loan for a few days.  I am going to use this machine to test every household item I can think of and I will post photos of as many of these items as possible on my website. Next to each item I will note the lead level detected in the item with this device. I am very excited about this opportunity and the public resource I will create with it—a reference to help others determine possible items with dangerous lead levels in a typical home. For while the toy issue is “hot”, it does not begin to address the sheer number of everyday items that contain lead in our homes (many of which were not designed or intended for use by children and therefore are not regulated to the same degree.)

I noted that my blog might not be working properly, sorry about that... I’ll try to have that fixed in the next day or so.



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