May 6, 2009
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Washington, DC—The National Consumers League applauds President Barack Obama's nominations of Inez Tenenbaum, attorney and former Superintendent of Schools for the state South Carolina, as Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Professor Robert Adler, who worked as counsel to former CPSC Commissioner R. David Pittle, as Commissioner. Adler also served as a member of the Consumers Union board of directors.
The following statement may be attributed to Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League Executive Director:
Inez Tenenbaum has shown, through her work as South Carolina’s Superintendent of Schools, that children's health and safety are a high priority. As superintendent, she worked to fight obesity and to promote nutritional programs in the schools; as Superintendent, she has also had the kind of management experience that will be needed to run the CPSC.
If she is confirmed, Tenenbaum’s previous experience will serve her well in her new role as head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency that regulates the safety of over 15,000 products, including many products for children. We will welcome Tenenbaum to Washington and look forward to working with her in her new role as CPSC Chairman.
About Robert Adler, Greenberg also noted:
I've known and worked with Bob Adler on product safety issues for more than a decade. He is a highly qualified nominee who has a depth of knowledge about the CPSC and its authorizing statute, and he will be a strong champion for consumer health and safety. Both of these nominees will help to restore the CPSC to the agency Congress originally intended it to be: an independent federal safety agency that effectively protects consumers, and especially children, from product safety hazards.
The National Consumers League also commends the President for pressing for full funding of the Commission and his stated intent to restore the agency to its full complement of five commissioners.
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