EPA caves: Rejects petition to ban lead in ammo

The EPA on Friday denied the petition to ban lead ammunition, stating that they do not have the legal authority to do so, "nor is the agency seeking such authority."

The LA Times posted an EPA statement which noted that "EPA was not and is not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife."  

The denial follows "strong opposition" from Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okl.):

"They are just talking about taking away Americans' freedom,'' the Oklahoma Republican said. "We are not going to let them get by with this foolishness."

In addition, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA.), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, released a statement opposing the EPA action, noting that this isn't the first time the Obama Administration has taken steps to ban lead sporting gear."

The lead sinker issue is still under review.


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