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A Conversation with Creosote Council Attorney Larry Ebner

A Conversation with Creosote Council Attorney Larry Ebner

Larry Ebner has served as attorney for the Creosote Council since its inception in the mid-1980s. The Council’s Administrative Director, Dave Webb, recently asked Larry to chat about his professional background and work with the wood preserving industry. Dave Webb:  Larry, I know that you have been a lawyer for almost half a century. Can you briefly summarize your professional background? Larry Ebner, Attorney for the Creosote Council Larry Ebner:  After graduating Harvard Law School...

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Infographic: How Creosote Is Used in North America to Treat Wood

Infographic: How Creosote Is Used in North America to Treat Wood

Throughout North America, creosote is used to treat wood products that are used in the transportation, communications, energy, and maritime sectors, many of which are critical infrastructure. This infographic from the Creosote Council explains how creosote-treated wood is used in three key areas: as railway crossties, as utility poles, and as marine pilings. from insect infestation and microbial decay. This amounts to approximately 90 million cubic feet of wood products that are treated with...

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New Article on Wood Preservative Regulation: Scope and Application of the FIFRA Treated Articles Exemption

New Article on Wood Preservative Regulation: Scope and Application of the FIFRA Treated Articles Exemption

In December 2019, Dave Webb, the Creosote Council’s Administrative Director, and Lawrence Ebner, founder of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC in Washington, DC, published a peer-reviewed article titled "Scope and Application of the FIFRA Treated Articles Exemption" in the Journal of Transportation Technologies. 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...

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Report: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Creosote-Treated Wood vs. Non-Treated Wood Materials

Report: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Creosote-Treated Wood vs. Non-Treated Wood Materials

Stephen T. Smith, P.E., authored an article on the cost-benefit analysis of creosote-treated wood compared to non-treated wood materials. The introduction is extracted here: Creosote-treated wood products have been a vital part of our nation’s physical infrastructure for more than a century. Because they are so cost effective, wood products such as railway ties, cross ties, and bridge timbers, utility poles, and marine and foundation piling that are pressure- treated with creosote continue to...

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