Read more about the progress made last week below:
Lead-based ammunition is likely the greatest source of lead knowingly discharged into the environment in the United States. Despite being one of the most well-studied toxins known to affect humans and other animals, and the huge efforts that are taken to reduce exposure in our homes and water, the release of toxic lead into the environment in the form of lead-based ammunition is largely unregulated.
The discharge and accumulation of spent lead-based ammunition in the environment poses significant health risks to humans and wildlife. Lead-based ammunition is known to pose risks of elevated lead exposure to gun users; be ingested by scavenging animals such as eagles, ravens and turkeys; and even be incorporated into processed meat for human consumption. It’s estimated that lead-based ammunition adds 3,000 tons of lead into the outdoors every year, and that as many as 20 million birds die annually from lead poisoning.
This bill passed committee 5-3.
The budget of the ESPB was zeroed out by IDNR at the end of 2015 and the director was fired.
While ESPB is being staffed by other agency personnel, it is critical that the board be able to make independent decisions and request independent scientific review from IDNR. This bill gives the board the authority to hire its own director.
Without appropriate oversight, protection of the 480 animals on the endangered and threatened species list – and those that might be added in the future – are at risk. The bill passed committee 7-1-1.