Obama nominates new CPSC head

May 5, 2009 5:30:09 PM PDT
Consumer advocates have long accused the Consumer Product Safety Commission of being too close to industry. Now it looks as Nancy Nord, the embattled head of that agency will be replaced.

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On Tuesday, President Obama nominated Inez Tenenbaum to take over that agency. The public interest research group, CALPIRG, says it will welcome the change.

"For far too long, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been a little agency with a big job. And in addition to the appointments today, President Obama also increased the Consumer Product Safety's budget," said Emily Rusch, from CALPIRG.

The president called for $107 million in funding, an increase of almost 75 percent. His nominee to take over the chair is the former state school chief of South Carolina.

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