100 Groups Ask EPA to End Wildlife Poisoning From Lead Hunting Ammunition
News release: "One hundred organizations in 35 states today formally petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate toxic lead in hunting ammunition to protect public health and prevent the widespread poisoning of eagles, California condors and other wildlife. Up to 20 million birds die each year from lead poisoning after consuming spent lead shot and bullet fragments left in the wild from hunting.""Pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), 15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq., the 100 petitioning organizations herein formally petition the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to initiate a proceeding for the issuance of a rule under Section 6 of TCSA to regulate bullets and shot containing lead used in hunting and shooting sports (such as target and skeet shooting), which have the potential to cause harmful lead exposure to wildlife and humans. The petitioners request a rulemaking which adequately protects against the unreasonable risk of injury to the environment and human health posed by toxic lead bullets and shot. Although the petitioners advocate for a rule implementing a nationwide ban on the use of bullets and shot containing lead for use in hunting and shooting sports, with explicit exceptions for military and law enforcement uses, the petitioners also request that the EPA evaluate and consider a range of alternatives that could eliminate the potential for harmful lead exposure to wildlife and humans.