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Arsenic has been in the news and it is widely known that exposure to this cancer causing agent is not good, especially for children. Arsenic is a component of chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a wood preserving pesticide that is registered for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and widely used in the manufacture of playground equipment. In February 2002, EPA announced that beginning January 2004 CCA-treated wood will no longer be manufactured for decks and patios, picnic tables, playground equipment, walkways/boardwalks, landscaping timbers, or fencing. However, CCA-treated wood can be sold off until supplies are exhausted and already existing residential CCA-treated structures may continue to be used.
Scientific studies prove that the three chemicals that make up CCA, namely arsenic, hexavalent chromium (chromium VI) and copper, are leaching out of CCA-treated wood into the soil around structures and onto the surface of the treated wood. Scientists have documented that children put their hands into everything including their mouths; but, of course, parents already know this. When you add all this together the outcome is clear --children's health is at risk because they are ingesting arsenic and chromium (VI) leaching from CCA-treated playground equipment.
This Resource Kit will give you the facts on CCA so that action can be taken in your community to protect children.
- Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) Treated Wood Fact Sheet (February 2003)
- Protecting Your Health from CCA-Treated Wood: A Beyond Pesticides Fact Sheet (March 2004)
- Arsenic in Old Spaces by Sandra Steingraber (Pesticides and You, Winter 2002-03)
- Government Study Finds Arsenic-Treated Wood Increases Cancer Risk in Children (Daily News, February 2003)
- Manufactures of alternatives to CCA-treated wood and playground equipment
- Poison Playgrounds: An investigation into wood treated with CCA (Pesticides and You, Fall 2001)
- EPA Announcement to Phase-Out Residential Use of CCA-Treated Wood (February 2002)
- Comments on EPA's Announcement to Phase-Out of Residential Use of CCA-Treated Wood (March 2002)
- Comments on Non-Dietary Hazard and Exposure to Children from Contact with CCA-Treated Playground Structures and CCA-Contaminated Soil (October 2001)
- Memo to Activists: State Legislation Introduced to Ban Toxic Wood Preservatives (2/24/03)
- Daily News: Maine Bans Sale of Arsenic-Treated Wood, Expedites Federal Phase-Out (6/5/03)
- Daily News: Bill To Ban Toxic Wood Preservatives Introduced in California State Senate (2/24/03)
- California State Legislation: Wood Waste: Preservatives (SB202) (2/24/03)
- Fact Sheet on Chemically Treated Wood Utility Poles