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Re: is pressure-treated lumber ok for building raised beds?

  • Subject: Re: [cg] is pressure-treated lumber ok for building raised beds?
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 07:49:21 EDT

In a message dated 9/16/02 3:44:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
jverin@Pennhort.org writes:

<< Chromated Copper Arsenate is the stuff used to preserve wood. As you know 
copper turns green when exposed to the elements; thus you see people's decks, 
etc. with a green hue to them. This is the CCA leaching out of the wood. 
Arsenate... arsenic... comprendez-vous?
 IMHO, not at all safe, especially for food growing. Not even safe to handle. 
Mike McGrath, when at OG magazine, was part of drawing attention to the 
hazards it posed children. Playground structures are often made of PT wood, 
and kids, who often touch their eyes or put hands in mouth were ingesting CCA.
 EPA has put a ban on the retail sale of PT wood, I believe starting next 
 IMHO, couldn't pay me to use it. >>

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

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