The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied the petition calling for a ban on the manufacture, use and processing of lead used in fishing gear.
While this could eventually lead to hire prices on weights, it doesn’t look like the ban on lead will be passed anytime shortly.
Environmental groups have tried to ban lead from fishing weights, jigs and other tackle components before. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated in the past that, while ingesting lead fishing weights might be responsible for the deaths of some waterfowl, such fishing tackle does not pose a serious threat to wildlife populations as a whole..