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Nov 12, 2010 | 12:04 PM |

Lead keeps on flying

Efforts by environmental groups to ban the use of lead in fishing tackle are dead in the water. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal body has denied a petition by the American Bird Conservancy and peer groups to prohibit the use of the heavy metal in fishing sinkers. Between existing limitations on some state and federal lands and various outreach programs already tackling the issue, it's unclear whether an all-out ban "would be the least burdensome, adequately protective approach to address the concern," the EPA said. The federal agency had already denied a request by the same environmental groups to prohibit the manufacture of lead ammunition, contending....

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