posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 08:20 PM
From EPA's website today, denying petition regarding lead ammunition although fishing sinkers still under consideration:
EPA Denies Petition Calling for Lead Ammunition Ban
Release date: 08/27/2010
Contact Information: Brendan Gilfillan firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today denied a petition calling for a ban on the production and distribution of lead hunting
ammunition. EPA sent a letter to the petitioners explaining the rejection – that letter can be found here:
Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, issued the following statement on the agency’s
“EPA today denied a petition submitted by several outside groups for the agency to implement a ban on the production and distribution of lead
hunting ammunition. EPA reached this decision because the agency does not have the legal authority to regulate this type of product under the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA) – nor is the agency seeking such authority.
“This petition, which was submitted to EPA at the beginning of this month, is one of hundreds of petitions submitted to EPA by outside groups each
year. This petition was filed under TSCA, which requires the agency to review and respond within 90 days.
“EPA is taking action on many fronts to address major sources of lead in our society, such as eliminating childhood exposures to lead; however, EPA
was not and is not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife.
“As there are no similar jurisdictional issues relating to the agency's authority over fishing sinkers, EPA – as required by law – will
continue formally reviewing a second part the petition related to lead fishing sinkers.
“Those wishing to comment specifically on the fishing tackle issue can do so by visiting www.regulations.gov...
. EPA will consider comments that
are submitted by September 15.”