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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
result in 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
Lumber treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) protected wood from 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.

With pressure from environmental and consumer safety groups, the treated wood industry discontinued use of the chromated copper arsenate, which contained the arsenic, and some substituted it with Alkaline Copper Quat (ACQ).

To the surprise of many, the new wood preservative was shown to be extremely corrosive, eating through steel hardware such as nails, screws and connectors. It is unknown how widespread the problem is, and many worry unknowing homeowners will continue to use the copper pressure treated wood for home projects, endangering the safety of anyone that comes across the corroded wood.
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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. Since many playground facilities have structures built years ago, the likelihood of them containing pressure treated wood with arsenic is great if it was built in the past 15 to 20 years. Read Full Article....

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.

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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