- - Thursday, November 4, 2010

EPA

Petition denied for lead ban

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition by several environmental groups to ban lead in fishing tackle. The decision comes two months after rejecting the groups’ attempt to ban lead in hunting ammunition.

The EPA said Thursday that the petition did not demonstrate that a ban on lead in fishing tackle was necessary to protect against injury to health or the environment, as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act.

In August, the EPA rejected the other part of the petition for lead ammunition, saying it did not have the authority under the law.

In their petition, the groups had argued that lead from spent hunting ammunition and lost lead fishing gear cause the deaths of 10 million to 20 million birds and other animals a year.

MISSOURI

Court urged to uphold law

JEFFERSON CITY | A coalition of 13 states has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an Arizona law penalizing businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

The Supreme Court is to hear arguments next month on the 2007 Arizona law, which allows business licenses to be revoked or suspended when employers are found to have knowingly hired illegal immigrants. Similar laws are in place in several other states.

Businesses and civil rights groups have challenged the Arizona law, contending it infringes on federal immigration powers - an argument rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September 2008.

A coalition led by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster released court documents Thursday arguing that states have long had the authority to license and regulate businesses. The states contend Congress specifically exempted state licensing laws in a 1986 federal law that prevents states from imposing civil or criminal penalties on businesses for illegal hirings.

“Those state laws complement, rather than replace, federal enforcement” of immigration laws, Mr. Koster wrote in the document filed Oct. 28 with the Supreme Court. “Indeed, absent this complementary approach between federal and state law, a significant deterrent to employing ‘unauthorized aliens’ would be missing.”

WHITE HOUSE

Officials confident of recouping funds

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