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What is CCA?
CCA (chromated copper arsenate) was patented in 1938 and is injected into wood using high pressure in order to saturate the wood products. The intentions of injecting CCA into the wood is so that the wood will be protected...
Why is pressure treated wood dangerous?
Pressure treated wood contains CCA, or chromated copper arsenate, made up of 34% arsenic. Arsenic is a human poison and has been recognized...
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Signs Of Arsenic Poisoning

Mild arsenic poisoning:
Inhaling arsenic may cause
symptoms that include, but
are not limited to, nausea,
loss of appetite, diarrhea.

Moderate arsenic
arsenic may cause symptoms
that include, but are not
limited to, tingling sensation
in the palms, cramped muscles,metallic taste, vomiting,stomach and throat
irritation, chronic headaches,
fainting, dizziness, delirium,
or coma.

Long-term arsenic
Inhaling arsenic
on a long-term basis may
resultin darkening of the
skin, skin rash, marks on the
fingernails, wart appearing
marks, and skin
pigmentation changes.

Pressure treated wood dangers
Pressure treated wood contains
the chemical CCA.
CCA has been linked to:

  • cancer
  • birth defects
  • kidney and liver damage
  • endocrine system disruption
  • and death

Also in this Issue:

EPA Release from February 12, 2002 - Whitman announces transition from consumer use of treated wood containing arsenic

VIDEO LINK- CNN's Mark Potter looks at CCA -treated wood and its potential health dangers (May 23) (QuickTime, Real or Windows Media)

Your Legal Rights - If you are suffering from side effects due to pressure treated wood exposure Contact James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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CCA Treated Wood News:

Gov. scientists report sealant reduces playground cancer risk
May 13, 2005
A government scientist reported that sealants could help reduce risk of cancer from arsenic-treated wood found mainly in playground equipment and backyard decks.The Environmental Protection Agency said that the use of an oil- or water-based sealant or stain at least once a year should limit the amount of arsenic in pesticide-treated lumber than can escape and come into contact with people's skin.
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New pressure treated wood corrosive
November 22, 2004
In the past, pressure treated wood used to be injected with arsenic to keep the wood from rotting. Used on playground sets and home projects, the arsenic from the pressure treated wood was being ingested, often by children. Arsenic is one of the most toxic substances, especially to children under age six.
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Play structures may be increasing cancer risk
September 14, 2004
Lumber treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) protected wood from rotting. Used heavily decades ago, the chemical contains arsenic, a carcinogen. CCA came under federal review in 2000, and though it has not been banned, the playground building industry agreed to stop using CCA as of December 31, 2003. Read Full Article....

EPA Announcement
The EPA announced CCA pressure treated wood products must be eliminated by January 1, 2004. This was a voluntary decision made on February 12, 2002 due to the dangers CCA poses to those exposed to the well-known human carcinogen. The EPA Administrator made the announcement for the transition from consumer use of pressure treated wood to be made for almost all residential uses of wood products, including wood used in play structures, decks, picnic tables, landscaping timbers, residential fencing, patios, and walkways and boardwalks. Activists from Beyond Pesticides find the EPA’s decision to be “insufficiently protective of human health and the environment” and want an immediate ban because they consider the phase out to be a “delayed partial cancellation”.

The EPA said their decision was made in hopes of speeding up the process from CCA treated wood to safer alternatives. Beyond Pesticides finds that the EPA’s agreement with the industry allows certain CCA treated wood uses to continue, leading the group to say the program is “weak, voluntary and unenforceable”. Children are at risk for being exposed to pressure treated wood when they play outside, especially on playground equipment containing the harmful chemical. Pressure treated wood has been used since the 1940s, exposing workers, children, and families to the carcinogenic chemical.

If you are suffering from side effects due to pressure treated wood exposure Contact James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Activist group wants immediate CCA ban
The activist group Beyond Pesticides is not satisfied with the EPA’s February 12, 2002 announcement to phase out CCA containing wood products by January 1, 2004. The EPA said that after December 31, 2003, CCA will not be allowed as a wood treater in play structures, decks, picnic tables, landscaping timbers, residential fencing, patios, and walkways and boardwalks. Beyond Pesticides thinks that “to the extent that this statement suggests that wood treated prior to this date may be sold for use in residential or playgrounds settings, it is directly contrary to EPA’s own regulations, especially the ‘treated article exemption’ because continued sale after December 31, 2003, of wood treated with CCA would amount to sale of an unregistered pesticide.” The group also noted that the EPA’s announcement has limited impact because many things are unaffected by the phase out, including utility poles that account for at least 50% of the volume of the chemical’s use, alongside the fact that there is a plethora of alternatives.

Florida Senator finds EPA’s pressure treated wood ruling pressure treated wood insufficient
Senator Nelson introduced legislation in April 2002 to ban the use of CCA treated lumber in the manufacture of playground equipment, children’s products, and residential use after finding the EPA’s phase out insufficient. The Senator was not impressed with the phase out because he felt the plan did not address education for municipalities that have the treated wood in their parks. Senator Nelson’s bill wanted the EPA to be required to issue regulations phasing out production of the lumber no later than a year after the legislation is signed into law.

1984 Journal of the American Medical Association report

A 1984 Journal of the American Medical Association reported that a Wisconsin family that had burned wood scraps containing CCA in their home furnace for heating purposes experienced their hair falling out, severe reoccurring nosebleeds, extreme fatigue, and debilitating headaches. The parents spoke of black out periods that would last for several hours with long periods of extreme disorientation following it. The two children also reported experiencing frequent seizures. Since arsenic affects not just humans, but any pets and wildlife, the family noticed their houseplants and fish had died as well. Later, all the serious health effects were attributed to the family breathing in minute amounts of arsenic dust that had occurred from the ashes.

Risks of pressure treated wood denied for years

In 1985, the EPA had concluded there was no evidence of any toxic effects in persons that handled CCA treated wood. This EPA conclusion was made following an eight-year investigation. A panel of scientists said that the public was unnecessarily scared by reports about CCA. In 1997, the EPA then said the agency was reevaluating the pressure treated wood by the end of 1998 but that they would not take any action until the end of 2001. Activist group Beyond Pesticides responded to the EPA's statements, saying, "EPA's failure to take action on wood preservatives constitutes an abuse of its authority, given what the agency knows about the hazardous nature of these chemicals." On February 12, 2002, the EPA finally issued a voluntary phase out of CCA in certain products.

Allowable Arsenic Levels in the Environment

The EPA has set limits on the level of allowable arsenic that can be
allowed in the water, soil, and air to protect people from suffering the
serious side effects that can occur if exposed to the human carcinogen.

Water: The EPA has eliminated or restricted use of arsenic in
pesticides. Water has a limit of 0.05 ppm of arsenic in drinking water
but may be reduced even further.

Soil: Soil cannot contain more than 10 ppm of arsenic, set by the EPA.
If soil is found to contain an amount higher than this the EPA guidelines
the EPA can order an owner-funded cleanup of a commercial site.

Air: OSHA allows no more than 10 micrograms per cubic meter
averaged over an 8-hour day to be allowed in the workplace.

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Beyond Pesticides and other environmental groups found the EPA’s actions insufficient and called for an across the board immediate ban of the known human carcinogen. The EPA’s announcement has been considered inadequate to protect public health, described as “weak, voluntary, and unenforceable”. To contact us, click here.

Pressure Treated Wood Contains Arsenic, a Known Carcinogen. Contact a Pressure Treated Wood Lawyer at Contact James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C.to Learn Your Rights!

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