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National Parks to Ban Lead

http://home.nps.gov/applications/release/Detail.cfm?ID=855

National Park Service Gets the Lead Out!

WASHINGTON – National Park Service visitors and wildlife have something to cheer about today with the agency’s stepped-up efforts to reduce lead in national park environments.

“Our goal is to eliminate the use of lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle in parks by the end of 2010,” said Acting National Park Service Director Dan Wenk. “We want to take a leadership role in removing lead from the environment.”

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This is just a toehold to take California's attack on lead nationwide. If this doesn't get much opposition, I can easily see it expanded to cover National Forests and BLM land, too. What makes it particularly tasty to the antis is that it can be achieved without any legislation whatsoever.

I can also foresee a ban on hunting on land managed by the National Park Service. They'll count on people's ignorance to gain support on it, because most people will recoil at the notion of hunting in national parks. But what it'll do is stop hunting in places like national preserves that are managed by NPS, but which presently allow hunting. If that goes through without too much of a fight, I'll wager that the next domino would be wilderness areas.

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For those of you who live in Colorado there's a good article in this months magazine from the CDW. Unleaded. There's more to the issue than just the Data Analysis Unit population estimates.

Couldn't find a link.

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I've heard the argument about lead bullets in game meat before, and it's a crock. A bullet passing through an animal does not produce systemic contamination. If anything, it may produce minute amounts of local contamination on meat it touches -- but I don't know any hunters that eat bloodshot meat a bullet has torn up.

I grew up with lead-painted toys, casting bullets and spitting out #4 shot pellets that slipped past mom's cooking into my dinner. Civet would probably disagree, but I turned out fine. Granted, the symptoms of lead poisoning include stomachaches, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headaches, but I get those from reading some of the posts on this forum.

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Don't get me wrong, lead is some pretty toxic stuff. But, it poses a real danger if mishandled mainly. You all have to realize that lead is a natural occuring element and has always exisited within the earths crust. Just how they plan to get all the lead out is beyond me.

Look at all those generations of Americans who grew up in houses that contained lead based paint, but it seem to be only ceratain poor categories of people that were affected by it. eye roll

What about all the generations that consumed drinking water supplied by copper pipes soldered with lead based solder? My parents and grandparent were exposed daily to that type of stuff but they all lived well into old age. I can't tell you how many lead sinkers I attached to lines and all the thousands of jacketed lead bullets I've loaded and as of yet suffer no ill effects. Yeah and that theory about lead in game meat is a crock of you know what.

Besides discharging a firearm and ammunition is prohibited in national parks anyway, at least for the average visitor.

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Not necessarily -- as I said, the NPS manages things like preserves that allow hunting. The devil's in the details...

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This obviously has nothing to do with the environment. It is yet another thinly veiled attack on hunters and the 2nd amendment. The feel good Bambists and PETA nutjobs will go along with it as will the new administration because it fits with their agenda. The environment is just an excuse.

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Here's a link to a list of national preserves, which often border national parks. My money says the ban affects these as well. The release said the ban would affect "National Park Service environments", not "national parks." I've hunted in preserves, and have been expecting the shoe to drop ever since the election.

http://usparks.about.com/blparktypes-npres.htm

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