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A known human carcinogen, arsenic is a common contaminant in food and water. It was also used in virtually all pressure-treated wood products before EWG helped get it off the market.

Monday, March 17, 2003

The Environmental Working Group today asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban the use of arsenic-treated wood in outdoor play structures and to order consumer refunds for millions of playsets nationwide, based on a new round of laboratory tests that found high levels of arsenic contamination even on older pressure-treated wooden structures.

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News Release
Thursday, August 29, 2002

Results from the largest–ever testing program for arsenic–treated wood, released today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), show that the public remains at risk from high levels of arsenic leaching out of pressure–treated wood in older decks, playsets, and picnic tables.

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News Release
Tuesday, February 12, 2002

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for standing up to the chemical and wood treatment industries by forcing the phase-out of arsenic-treated lumber.

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News Release
Thursday, November 8, 2001

Nationwide sampling in 13 metropolitan areas found harmful levels of cancer-causing arsenic on the surface of "pressure-treated" wood purchased at Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse stores, according to a report released today.

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News Release
Thursday, November 1, 2001

View and Download the report here: The Poisonwood Rivals

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, August 1, 2001

View and Download the report here: All Hands on Deck

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, May 23, 2001

View and Download the report here: Poisoned Playgrounds

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