CPSC Denies Petition to Ban CCA Pressure-Treated Wood Playground Equipment

For Immediate Release: 
Saturday, November 1, 2003

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously today to deny a petition to ban the use of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) pressuretreated wood in playground equipment. CCA manufacturers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had previously agreed to phase out CCA treatment of wood for most consumer uses by the end of 2003. CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton said, “The industry has already agreed to stop using this chemical as a treatment for wood for most residential consumer uses. The EPA action effectively addresses the petitioners’ request.”

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