From this story in the Los Angeles Times:
_The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday denied a petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead in fishing gear. The denial is in response to a petition filed Aug. 3 by several environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, the American Bird Conservancy and the Assn. of Avian Veterinarians, seeking to ban the use of lead in ammunition and fishing tackle.
_In a letter to the petitioners, EPA assistant administrator Steve Owens states that the petitioners have not demonstrated that the requested rule is necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, as required by the Toxic Substance Control Act. The letter goes on to state that the petition also does not provide sufficient justification for why a national ban of lead fishing sinkers and other lead fishing tackle is necessary given the actions being taken to address the concerns in the petition, noting that the prevalence of non-lead alternatives in the marketplace continues to increase.