Group sues EPA over lead ammunition, tackle
WASHINGTON - Three environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to try to force it to prevent lead poisoning of wildlife from spent ammunition and lost fishing tackle.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington by the Center for Biological Diversity and two other groups. It comes after the EPA denied their petition to ban lead ammunition and tackle, which the groups say kills 10 million to 20 million birds and other animals a year by lead poisoning.
The EPA has said it does not have the legal authority to ban lead in ammunition. And the agency said that the groups did not demonstrate a ban for fishing tackle was necessary to protect against unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.