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Move to ban lead in fishing tackle in Minnesota defeated

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A move by conservation groups in Minnesota to ban lead in fishing tackle in the U.S. state was defeated this week.

A move to ban lead in fishing tackle in Minnesota has been rejected – at least for the time being.

The proposal, reported on this website two days ago, came in the form of a petition from conservation groups urging the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to prohibit the use of lead in tackle on waters where loons are known to nest.

The petitioners, lead by the Friends of Minnesota Scientific & Natural Areas, also sought to ban lead ammunition thoughout the state.

But based on the broad scope of the proposal, a lack of data on the impact on wildlife and the state’s history of failed attempts to adopt more modest lead restrictions, DNR Commissioner, Sarah Strommen, decided that the issue was best left for the Legislature. “There is an insufficient basis to commence rule making,” she said.

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