The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition filed by environmental activists seeking to ban lead in ammunition, saying such regulation is beyond the agency’s authority.
The agency’s decision, announced Friday shortly after FoxNews.com published its report on the issue, sided with hunters and fishermen who had argued that the such regulations weren’t allowed under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
“EPA is taking action on many fronts to address major sources of lead in our society, such as eliminating childhood exposures to lead,” the agency said in a written statement. “However, EPA was not and is not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife.”
Responding to a grassroots outcry from gun owners, the Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has denied a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and other radical groups that had sought to ban the use of lead in ammunition.
Agreeing with the position of the NRA and the firearms industry, the agency explained in a news release that it “does not have the legal authority to regulate this type of product under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).” Further crushing the hopes of anti-gun and anti-hunting activists, the release added: “nor is the agency seeking such authority.”
“It’s outrageous that this petition even went this far,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director. “We applaud the EPA for its understanding of the law and its common sense in this situation — both of which were totally missing in the petition filed by these extreme anti-gun and anti-hunting groups.”
Because the EPA has no power to regulate ammunition, it will not move ahead with a public comment period on the petition. However, a comment period will remain open until September 15 on the other part of the petition, which asks EPA to ban the use of lead in fishing sinkers.
Tens of thousands of citizens wrote in and called. Good. Never let your eye off of government, and smack the snot out of them the instant they step out of line. Now write them again and tell them to mind their own damn business regarding fishing sinkers. Lead at the bottom of sea is about as safe as it’s ever going to be, and fish don’t eat sinkers. Duh. Stupid little totalitarian “centers”. Screw ‘em till they bleed.
Contact Lisa Jackson directly to voice your opposition to the ban (Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0681):
Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Fax: (202) 501-1450
whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife.
I guarantee, if they get in front of me, and I have a license for them, my hunting ammunition poses a great threat to wildlife…
Oh, also as long as they are in season…
Just a thought..