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Re: E-M:/ getting the lead out



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Enviro-Mich message from "Rick Pluta" <rickp@mprn.org>
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There was the piece on the Great Lakes Radio Consortium:

http://www.glrc.org/story.php3?story_id=2052  ("Anglers Offered Alternatives
to Toxic Lead Sinkers")

cheers, rjp
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Rick Pluta
Michigan Public Radio
(517) 432-3120 ext. 380
rickp@mprn.org

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Gearhart" <jeffg@ecocenter.org>
To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 4:57 PM
Subject: E-M:/ getting the lead out


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> Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Gearhart <jeffg@ecocenter.org>
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>
> I have also wondered for years why we continue to allow the
> significant  quantities of lead to be put into our waters when they
> fall off fishing lines(sinker and other tackle).  Is anyone working
> on this in Michigan?
>
> I've seen the lead free weights & tackle sold at Cabela's in Dundee,
> but I am not aware of any efforts to get their use adopted, either
> legislatively or otherwise.  And it is unclear what percentage of
> tackle shops actually carry the alternatives anyway.  Most of the
> shops I been at don't.
>
> Other state programs appear to be successful and some are noted below:
>
> New York
> http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/year02/may8_2_02.htm
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> New Hamshire
> http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/get_the_lead_out.htm
>
> Maine
> http://www.maineaudubon.org/conservation/wildlife/leadout.html
>
> And Minnesota has an active voluntary program:
> http://www.moea.state.mn.us/reduce/sinkers.cfm
>
> I also understand that the UK banned lead in sinkers sometime in the 80's.
>
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