Welcome to the Creosote Council
Creosote wood preservative is integral to the nation’s transportation, communications, energy, and maritime infrastructures for more than a century. Today’s railway ties, utility poles, and marine pilings are protected with creosote from insect infestation and decay. In terms of performance and cost, coal tar creosote-treated wood products deliver benefits that cannot be matched by substitutes.
Video: Creosote-Treated Wood Products
This video explains creosote’s contribution to the longevity of wood products, its many uses, its treatments processes, and more.
Creosote's Role in Critical Infrastructure
Creosote-treated industrial wood products are long-lasting — railroad crossties, bridge timbers, utility poles, foundation piling, and more.
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Creosote-Treated Wood
Wood treated with coal tar creosote is regarded as a cost-effective material with economic advantages over non-treated wood materials.
Learn More About Creosote in Society
Origins protecting ships’ wood from decay
Regulated as a pesticide by EPA under FIFRA
Science, Environment, Health
Learn more about the history of wood preservation and creosote wood treatment, from the Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution to the expansion of infrastructure in the American economy.
Wood Preservative Regulation: Scope and Application of the FIFRA Treated Articles Exemption
The paper discusses the U.S. Environmental Agency’s potential improper expansion of its authority under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the federal pesticide statute, to regulate not only the registration, labeling, and use of wood preservatives, but also treated wood products.