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Does pressure treated wood Cause Cancer?

Arsenic in Old Pressure-Treated Wood
Most pressure-treated lumber sold before January 2004 was treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA for short), which contains arsenic. Swallowing arsenic is known to cause cancer in humans.

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Also question is, is pressure treated wood bad for your health?

Dangers Of Pressure-Treated Wood. Citing health risks, this week the EPA halted the production of some pressure-treated wood -- the most commonly used material in structures such as decks, play sets, and fences. According to the EPA, the health risk is low to moderate. But, there are great concerns about cancer.

Similarly, when did they stop using arsenic in pressure treated wood? December 31, 2003

Moreover, can pressure treated wood make you sick?

If you follow safety precautions around treated wood, you should not have any health effects as a result. However, you should avoid exposure to the smoke or ash from burning treated wood. If you suspect poisoning, seek medical attention immediately.

Is pressure treated wood toxic to fish?

Exposure of fish to wood treatment solutions can rapidly cause harmful effects and death to fish at concentrations below 0.1 ppm. Until recently, chromated copper arsenate (CCA) was widely used to treat wood because it is water insoluble, making it preferable over pentachlorophenol which dissolves in water.

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