CPSC Announces Grand Opening of New State-of-the-Art National Product Testing and Evaluation Center
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Washington, announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art scientific testing facility in Rockville, Md., on Monday.
"Today's opening marks a new day in consumer safety," said CPSC chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum. "This center will enhance CPSC's ability to protect families and consumers from harm by expanding CPSC's testing capabilities, increasing the efficiency of agency staff and equipment, and allowing more testing to be done faster."
Special guests at yesterday's ribbon-cutting ceremony included a representative for Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who worked to secure funding for the new center; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), in whose district the new testing facility resides; and Phyllis Marcuccio, mayor of Rockville.
"The opening of this new lab will make consumers safer and the CPSC stronger," Sen. Durbin said. "This state-of-the-art testing facility marks the next step in our efforts to rebuild CPSC into our premier watchdog agency. America's families can sleep better at night knowing that the consumer-safety cops are on the beat and in the lab."
"We are here today to salute the hardworking men and women of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, rededicate ourselves to the CPSC's mission, and celebrate the grand opening of this state-of-the-art facility," said Rep. Van Hollen. "Americans have a right to expect that the toys and products made available for sale in the United States are safe, and this modernized National Product Testing and Evaluation Center—along with the funding necessary to operate it—will go a long way toward making that expectation a reality."
Seventy-five agency scientists and engineers will now work together at CPSC's new National Product Testing and Evaluation Center. Previously, they worked at the agency's headquarters in Bethesda, Md. and in nine buildings at the former laboratory site in Gaithersburg, Md. The new Rockville center is a renovated, modern, scientific testing facility, while the former site in Gaithersburg was originally a military missile facility that CPSC first occupied in 1975.