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Creosote: Four Decades of EPA Review – and Continuous Federal Registration

Creosote: Four Decades of EPA Review – and Continuous Federal Registration

For almost 70 years, coal tar-derived creosote has been federally registered for use as a wood preservative. During the past 40 years, the risks and benefits of creosote, like those of other major industrial wood preservatives, have been reevaluated by U.S. EPA in three successive and comprehensive review processes - Special Review, Reregistration Review, and, currently, Registration Review. These reviews have resulted in an updated and expanded scientific database for creosote, and improved...

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Video: Creosote Council – Proper Use of Creosote When Pressure Treating Wood

Video: Creosote Council – Proper Use of Creosote When Pressure Treating Wood

This video, "Proper Use of Creosote When Pressure Treating Wood," is a production of the Creosote Council. https://vimeo.com/17291899 The Creosote Council is a non-profit, tax-exempt, non-standard setting, product stewardship organization composed of the principal registrants of creosote in the United States. As part of its product stewardship role, the Council also represents North American creosote wood treaters on legislative and regulatory issues. The Council serves as a national and...

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Reapproval of Creosote Signaled by EPA

Reapproval of Creosote Signaled by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its scientifically based determination approving creosote for continued use as a FIFRA wood preservative to pressure-treat railroad crossties, utility poles, marine and foundation piling, timber and other wood products. EPA’s Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) was announced in a Federal Register notice published on Nov. 19, 2008. Members of the Creosote Council spent more than $12 million conducting state-of-the-art health and safety...

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Creosote Council Responds to New York – New Jersey Legislation on Creosote-Treated Marine and Foundation Piling

Creosote Council Responds to New York – New Jersey Legislation on Creosote-Treated Marine and Foundation Piling

In the September/October 2007 issue of Crossties, the Railway Ties Association magazine, the Creosote Council responded to New York and New Jersey’s legislation prohibiting future installation of creosote-treated marine or foundation piling. “In July 2007, both New York and New Jersey enacted legislation prohibiting future installation of creosote-treated marine or foundation piling. Those bills were the product of politics, not science. Even though the Creosote Council (CCIII) mounted an...

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