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Kansas City InfoZine, August 1, 2012

NRA Tries to Block Effort to Protect Condors, Eagles from Toxic Lead Ammunition

"We’ve removed toxic lead from gasoline, paint and most products exposing humans to lead poisoning; it’s past time to do the same with hunting ammunition, to protect our country’s wildlife."

Washington, D.C. -- The National Rifle Association filed legal motions to block the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting wildlife and people from toxic lead hunting ammunition left in the wild. Lead fragments needlessly poison and kill millions of birds each year, including bald eagles, swans and endangered California condors. The NRA moved to intervene in a suit filed by conservationists seeking a public process for EPA to consider regulating toxic lead in hunting ammunition. A similar petition filed earlier this year was supported by nearly 150 public-interest groups in 38 states.

The NRA, joined by Safari Club International, filed its motion to intervene in the pending suit The Trumpeter Swan Society v. EPA, filed on June 6 in the D.C. District Court. The case was filed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which grants the EPA the authority to regulate toxic substances, including lead bullets and shot contained in ammunition. The suit is aimed at common-sense regulations for lead hunting ammunition, since there are plenty of nontoxic alternatives available on the market and in use in many states.

The NRA has also championed legislation to strip the EPA’s authority to regulate toxic lead in ammunition and fishing equipment under the Toxic Substances Control Act, even though effective nontoxic alternatives exist for lead ammunition and sinkers for all hunting and fishing activities.

“Americans don’t want eagles and condors and other wildlife dying from lead poisoning. The EPA can step in now and stop this epidemic with some common-sense solutions, but the NRA is standing in the way,” said Jeff Miller with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’ve removed toxic lead from gasoline, paint and most products exposing humans to lead poisoning; it’s past time to do the same with hunting ammunition, to protect our country’s wildlife.”

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