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ECHA | RAC backs restricting lead in outdoor shooting and fishing

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ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) supports restricting the use of lead in ammunition for hunting, outdoor sports shooting and in fishing. However, it recommends a shorter transition time to phase out lead gunshot in hunting. The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) is expected to agree its draft opinion in early June before finalising its opinion in December.

Helsinki, 31 May 2022 – RAC has adopted its opinion on ECHA’s proposal to restrict the use of lead projectiles for hunting and outdoor sports shooting, as well as lead used in fishing sinkers and lures.

The committee considered that the use of lead in these activities poses a risk that is not adequately controlled. The proposal was considered appropriate for reducing risks of lead to people, to wildlife (especially birds) and to the environment.



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