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New rules announced for approving waterfowl hunting shot

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Rules for approving nontoxic shot for waterfowl hunting have just been made easier to understand, the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) says. The new language clarifies the number and size of shot FWS will use in determining estimated environmental considerations, FWS announced on Thursday, Dec. 26.

You can read the announcement at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-26/html/2013-30873.htm.

The new rule takes effect Jan. 27.

In addition, FWS is moving in vitro testing from Tier 2 to Tier 1.

FWS also is establishing fees to cover its costs of testing shot.

FWS proposed the changes last March. For background, see the story linked to below.

The final rule also corrects a few omissions in the proposed rule. It adds invertebrates to the species that must be considered in environmental reviews. And it requires weighing the shot and determining shot erosion, because it's impossible to know environmental impacts without doing so.

And the final rule adds language for removing shot types that have proven to be harmful to the environment.

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