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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Hearing on bill banning fishing tackle lead weights postponed until Monday

A hearing for HB 2241, a ban on the sale of lead fishing tackle weighing one ounce or less and under 1-inch in length in Washington pushed by environmental and bird watching groups, has been rescheduled in the House Committee on Environment for Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in House Hearing Room C on the 1st Floor of the John L. O’Brien Building in Olympia.

Those in the sport fishing community say passage of this legislation would have very real economic consequences to the industry and recreational anglers.

The EPA says the risk to birds is if the lead is ingested, and to date the number of birds killed has been minimal.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission ruled on this issue two years ago by passing lead size restrictions on a small number of lakes that were certified to be home to breeding pairs of loons and any further attempts to expand their policy should be made by this independent citizen commission.

A number of groups have petitioned the federal EPA numerous times during the last five years to ban the use of lead nationally and have been rejected each time.

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