Environmental groups continue to send petitions to the Environmental Protection Agency, but the EPA keeps shutting them down.
Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 100 other groups sent a petition to the agency asking them to regulate the use of lead in ammunition, claiming that it poisons and kills birds, such as loons bald eagles, and condors. But the EPA has denied their petition.
However, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, no sound scientific evidence has ever been found to support those claims that lead ammunition actually causes harms to these birds. The EPA continues to say that they have no jurisdiction over the amount of lead used in the ammunition.
According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation: In the letter to the Center for Biological Diversity, the EPA states it “does not consider the 2012 submission to be a new petition cognizable under section 21” because it was “substantially the same as the petition to regulate lead bullets and shot submitted in 2010.” The EPA then goes further to state even if the petition could be understood to be a request to reconsider the earlier decision it would be denied due to a lack of “any new (i.e., previously unavailable, non-cumulative) information or data that would cause EPA to reconsider its earlier denial.” Therefore, the EPA would have denied the request for reconsideration due to the lack of new information.
But this is the second time in less than two years that these groups have tried to force the EPA’s hand in regulating lead, and probably not the last. The sportsmen community is trying to prevent these future attempts to ban lead fishing tackle and traditional ammo with an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act. This amendment is part of the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, which is currently under considering in both the U.S. House of Representatives.