Looks like we won this one ......for the time being.
YOUR VOICES WERE HEARD
LOUD AND CLEAR!
EPA Denies Petition
Calling for Lead Ammunition Ban
Make no mistake about it. The Comment page was there. The petition was there. They were proceeding with the process to follow through with considering this ban. BUT, our voices, and the voices of thousands of others across the nation have been heard! The EPA has seen fit to back down and they are trying to save face doing it. None the less, they have backed off for now. Another battle fought and won. Thank you for doing your part to insure they know we won't stand for this kind of unconstitutional action!
Yours In Freedom,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2010
EPA Denies Petition Calling for Lead Ammunition Ban
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:http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemtest/pubs/sect21.html
Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, issued the following statement on the agency's decision:
"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 http://www.regulations.gov
. EPA will consider comments that are submitted by September 15."