Pressure-treated wood or CCA-treated wood contains arsenic. Tests have shown that the arsenic may come off upon direct contact by an individual, may leach into the soil around the deck or playset or run-off into the ground. Certain Notices about the dangers of arsenic-treated wood were supposed to be given to end users but never were. Allegedly, the company has breached warranties and violated state Deceptive Trade Practices Acts by selling the potentially toxic, arsenic-treated wood, used to build decks, playsets and playground equipment.
"Exposure to arsenic can cause cancer of the lung, bladder, skin, kidney, prostate, and nasal passage." Alliance for Healthy Homes
"If you use arsenic-treated wood in home projects, you should wear dust masks, gloves, and protective clothing to decrease exposure to sawdust." Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
"Arsenic sticks to children's hands when they play on treated wood, and is absorbed through the skin and ingested when they put their hands in their mouths."
"Although arsenic has been virtually banned by the EPA as a pesticide, the wood treatment industry was able to gain an exemption to this rule."
"Recent News Articles on CCA Treated Wood and its Health Hazards." BANCCA
Arsenic Treated Wood Precautions Environmental Health
Arsenic Treated Wood to be Phased Out Life.ca
Legislators ban lumber treated with arsenic Our Stolen Future
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