Saturday, February 04, 2017

The End Of Lead? Federal Gov’t Order Bans Sinkers, Ammo

Outgoing Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe issued an order to ban lead bullets and fishing gear (like sinkers and jig heads) on all agency-managed lands. The ban requires the use of alternative metals on about 560 million acres of public lands in the United States. It takes effect in 2022, giving hunters, anglers, and the industry time to adapt. However, the order could be rescinded with a new appointment by the Trump administration. It’s unclear if this will happen, but the NRA has already called on Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke to curb the ban. Signed Jan. 19, 2017, the order requires “the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all activities on Service lands, waters, and facilities by January 2022, except as needed for law enforcement or health and safety uses, as provided for in policy.” The ban will almost certainly be challenged. Nick Wiley, president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, said the it was a breach of trust made without input from state fish and wildlife agencies prior to issuance “This action flies squarely in the face of a long and constructive tradition of states working in partnership with the Service to effectively manage fish and wildlife resources,” he said...more

The hunting groups will rue the day they opposed transferring certain lands out of federal control. They will eventually have to pack up their hunting gear.  What then? Why then they can go golfing with Obama.


Anonymous said...

In a next administration the regulatory agencies will ban lead use on your private lands, effectively abolishing some of your Property Rights and Rights by using the Clean Water Act as an excuse.
Please call your Congressmen (1-202-225-2365, Pearce NM) and Senators asking them for a Property Rights Protection Amendment to the Clean Water Act.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't President Trumps EO stop this in it's tracks?

"White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum Friday night to all executive departments and agencies to freeze new or pending regulations...... any regulations that have yet to be sent for publishing in the Federal Register, the memo asks the agency to not send any regulation to the Federal Register until reviewed by someone selected by the President.
For those that have been sent but not published, the White House ordered the regulations withdrawn.
There are regulations have been published but have not reached their effective date. The memo instructs those regulations to be delayed for 60 days for review -- with a potential that a new notice for reopening the regulation could occur.
The memo makes an exception for "critical health, safety, financial, or national security matters," and asks agencies to identify any regulations that can't be delayed for other reasons."

Frank DuBois said...

Will the President's EO stop the ban? The short answer is no, it won't. The EO has to do with regulations. This is an Order, not a regulation. Consider it to be like an internal policy memo or administrative directive. It does not have to be published in the federal register and went into effect immediately. But, as the article states, it can "rescinded" at any time by the new administration.