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Fishing With Lead

October 7, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

On August 23rd, five environmental groups petitioned the EPA asking them to outlaw fishing tackle and ammunition made of lead under their Toxic Substances Control Act powers to regulate substances that "present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment." The EPA has rejected the petition as it pertains to ammunition due to special protections written into the law for firearm-related article, but they have yet to rule on lead fishing tackle. In response, Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR] has introduced the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, which would make it illegal for the EPA to regulat fishing equipment in the same way it's illegal for them to regulate gun equipment.

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