CPSC Nominee Faces Challenges

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There hasn't been a lot of public support for Michael Baroody, the person nominated by President Bush to become chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The nomination has drawn widespread negative response from consumer groups and newspaper editorial writers who charge that Baroody is too closely tied to the industries and manufacturers the CPSC oversees. Baroody is executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, a national organization of businesses.

The most substantial support for Baroody comes from his boss, NAM president John Engler, who says Baroody is "eminently qualified" and will bring "impartial judgment" to the agency. Engler says one of Baroody's defining characteristics is his ability to bring people of disparate views together to reach consensus.

Bush nominated Baroody after leaving the important third spot vacant since last July. The CPSC requires three members to make up a quorum.

"The CPSC's challenge is to develop and enforce sound policies and regulations to ensure that the public is protected from unreasonable safety risks from consumer products," says Engler. "Mike Baroody is uniquely qualified to honor both the spirit and the letter of that difficult challenge."

The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. These includes ATVs and UTVs.

However, the MIC says it does not plan to address the nomination.