USEPA Denies Petition to Ban Lead in Fishing Gear

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Environmental Management

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead in fishing gear. The announcement dated November 4, 2010 followed the EPA’s announcement in August that it had denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture and distribution of lead ammunition used for hunting. The petitioners had argued that lead poisoning from ammunition and fishing sinkers presented an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment.

In a letter to the petitioners, EPA indicated that the petitioners had not demonstrated that the requested rule is necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA also pointed out that the use of non-lead alternatives in the marketplace continues to increase.

Additional Information

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Related Information in the EHS Journal

U.S. EPA Denies Petition to Regulate Lead Ammunition, Continues to Review Lead Sinkersby Steven Taber.

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