Thursday, March 26, 2009

NPS lead policy clarification

The National Park service has released a statement about lead use in the National Park system:
Clarification Statement

WASHINGTON – On March 10, 2009, the National Park Service distributed a press release entitled “National Park Service Gets the Lead Out.” Due to some confusion over its contents, the agency provides the following clarifying statements:

1. Nothing has changed for the public. We are simply announcing the NPS goal of eliminating lead from NPS activities to protect human and wildlife health.

2. We will work to clean our own house by altering NPS resource management activities. In 2009, we will transition to non-lead ammunition in culling operations and dispatching sick or wounded animals.

3. In the future, we will look at the potential for transitioning to non-lead ammunition and non-lead fishing tackle for recreational use by working with our policy office and appropriate stakeholders/groups. This will require public involvement, comment, and review.

I blogged about this earlier in the week and missed the update. I do not think that this is a war we are going to win. We have however won the battle. We need to have more studies done about the environmental impact of lead use by sportsman, even if all they do is constantly show that lead use is not an issue.

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