EPA Denies Petition to Ban Lead Bullets

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Friday, August 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Well, that was fast. The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition by environmental and conservation groups to ban the use of lead bullets and fishing sinkers because of their potential health effects.

In a statement, Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said:

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.

House Natural Resources Committee ranking Republican Doc Hastings (Wash.) criticized the effort earlier today, arguing that any effort by the agency to consider the petition was the latest “attack on rural America” by the Obama administration.

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Comment posted August 28, 2010 @ 2:42 am

And it is the conservative republican that is constantly accused of trying to widdle away at your civil liberties. Sorry liberal progressives you own that title lock stock and barrel. That is all you people do theses days. Look for ways to ban anything and everything that you can think of in the name of the general welfare or the environment. They will come up with something new in an attempt to ban guns as sure as the sun comes up in the morning.


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Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 12:34 am

Methinks you are shaping the facts to fit your narrative. A heroic effort since the entire story is three paragraphs long.

The EPA was petitioned to ban lead shot.
The EPA (and by extension our current administration) refused a ruling on constitutional grounds.

The only underhanded political maneuver I see is the Honorable Senator from the Great State of Washington insinuating that the current administration, rather than an outside group (the nefarious American Bird Conservancy et. al.), filed the complaint.

The central fact of this issue is not that liberal progressives widdle (sic) away civil liberties, as we have seen recent administrations dispose of entire amendments. The current administration refused this request because neither the Constitution nor Congress gave this agency the power to rule on this issue.

The executive branch obeyed the Constitution, and the sun still came up the next day.


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