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March 7th, 2006 - Open Knowledge

Mar. 7th, 2006

11:40 am - CPSC trying to ban chemical sale to individuals

Think you might want to build a model rocket? Make your own fireworks? Mess around with a chemistry kit? If the CPSC (Consumer Product's Safety Commission) has it's way, you won't be able to do any of those things without a BATF "Explosives Manufacturing License. The CPSC is suing Firefox, a chemical supplier, seeking an injunction to require them to abide by the following restrictions:

"“Not sell, give away, or otherwise distribute any chlorate compound, magnesium metal, permanganate compound, peroxide compound, zirconium metal, or any chemical listed at 16 C.F.R. § 1507.2 to any recipient who does not possess a valid manufacturing license for explosives issued by the ATF;

Not sell, give away or otherwise distribute any of the following chemicals for which the particle size is finer than 100 mesh (or particles less than 150 microns in size) to any recipient who does not possess a valid manufacturing license for explosives issued by the ATF: aluminum and aluminum alloys, magnalium metal, magnesium/aluminum alloys, titanium and titanium alloys, or zinc metal;

Not sell, give away or otherwise distribute any of the following chemicals in an amount greater than one pound per year per recipient to any recipient who does not possess a valid manufacturing license for explosives issued by the ATF: antimony and antimony compounds, benzoate compounds, nitrate compounds, perchlorate compounds, salicylate compounds or sulfur;

Not sell, give away or otherwise distribute any fuse in an amount greater than 25 feet per year per recipient who does not possess a valid manufacturing license for explosives issued by the ATF.”

In addition, the injunction requires extensive record keeping (photocopies of drivers licenses and, if applicable, ATF licenses for all recipients, as well as detailed invoices maintained for at least seven years) and requires Firefox’s agreement to provide those records to CPSC at any time on demand. "

More details here:

http://www.skylighter.com/skylighter_info_pages/article.asp?Item=72

If you want to support the continued existence of amateur chemistry, you may want to donate to support Fireworks Foundation's fight against the CPSC.

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