Treated wood, once boon to carpentry, now seen as environmental waste

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment

 Treated wood is common not only in railroad ties and telephone poles, but also in household construction such as fence posts, sill plates, landscape timbers, pilings, guardrails and decking.
When rules concerning the disposal of treated wood expire at the end of December, the product could become much more expensive to discard.
According to the website of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, treated wood “contains hazardous chemicals that pose a risk to human health and t...

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