Things went according to the majority’s predetermined plan this morning when the CPSC voted to reinterpret the definition of “unblockable drain,” reversing an earlier interpretation and costing states and municipalities significant sums to either reengineer perfectly safe swimming pools or lock the gates. In a small nod to process, the majority did agree to accept comments from the public. But they did not want to hear comments on the wisdom of the reinterpretation, but only on when should we start enforcing the change. As I said during the meeting this morning, it’s like saying “we’re going to guillotine you, now tell us what day would be convenient.”
I would urge everyone who is impacted by this action to take the commission up on its offer. I hope you will comment and I hope you do not limit yourselves to discussing the effective date. Policymakers need to hear from those who are impacted by what they decide.
And, by the way, if you are looking for a press release that explains what the Commission did this morning, don’t bother. Rather than announce our action to the public like we regularly do, some selected few will get an email about this from our press office and everyone else will have to read about it in the Federal Register.
Read my statement on this vote here.