SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, a part of the state Environmental Protection Agency, is getting a virtual earful from the sportfishing industry over the agency’s proposed investigation into the use of toxic substances — including lead, zinc and copper — in fishing gear.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday that the state has received more than 1,300 comments expressing opposition to a proposed three-year-long investigation, an investigation that would, if conducted, examine toxic substances used in cosmetics, cleaners and many other household products, in addition to fishing equipment.READ MORE: California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A Day
The department’s Priority Products Work Plan (PDF) is part of the Safer Consumer Products Program of the California Green Chemistry Initiative — part of an effort to get manufacturers to use safer ingredients in their products.READ MORE: 3-Alarm Fire Burns 2 Buildings at West Oakland Recycling Center
But many anglers are concerned that the study will result in a ban on lead weights along with other metals used in fishing tackle.MORE NEWS: Update: One Killed, Two Injured When Truck Crashes Into Diners at San Jose Sports Bar
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