From Ms. Judith Sperling at CPRS I simply cut and pasted this email. Please take action.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed revocation of its interpretation of what constitutes an “unblockable drain” pursuant to the Virgina Graeme Baker Act. In April 2010 the CPSC issued a final regulation stating that all drains in public pools and spas which were smaller than 18″ x 23″ were required to be equipped with covers to render them unblockable. Under this regulation, if a drain was unblockable, a pool or spa was not required to be equipped with a secondary anti-entrapment system (i.e. safety vacuum release system, gravity drainage system, suction-limiting vent system, automatic pump shut-off, drain disablement system, or any other system deemed by the Commission to be effective.)

The CPSC Commissioners will meet this Wednesday to vote on a proposal whereby drain covers would no longer be deemed effective in making the drain an unblockable drain. The proposal being voted on by the CPSC means that if your pool or spa has a blockable drain it MUST have one of the secondary anti-entrapment systems noted above- even if you have equipped the drain with a drain cover. Note, you will in no way be penalized for having a cover, but a cover is no longer enough. If you have one of the systems noted above then that meets the compliance requirements.

Conversation with CPSC staff revealed that this initiative is being driven by a particular commissioner on the CPSC and that indications are that the votes are there to make the change. If you wish to submit comments on the proposed changes before Wednesday, September 21st at 9am, please send correspondence to the following individuals.

Troy Whitfield, Lead Compliance Officer
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
twhitfield@cpsc.gov

Cheryl Falvey, General Counsel
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
cfalvey@cpsc.gov

Ken Hinson, Executive Director
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
Khinson@cpsc.gov
Shown below is a list of the CPSC commissioners along with the e-mail addresses of their aides:
Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman
eschwartz@cpsc.gov

Robert Alder, Commissioner
ralder@cpsc.gov

Thomas Moore, Commissioner
ltaylor@cpsc.gov

Nancy Nord, Commissioner
Amoore@cpsc.gov

Hon. Anne Northup, Commissioner
fellin@cpsc.gov

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