In-Situ CCA-Treated Timber

CCA-treated timber that is currently in-service or in-situ leaches chemicals and these chemicals can be transferred onto people’s hands and wash into the surrounding soil. Combustion of CCA-treated timber fences and decks, for example during bush-fires, produces environmentally-harmful dioxins and furans, as well as elevated levels of heavy metals. Although the APVMA review recommends that CCA-treated timber not be used in certain residential situations in future, it does not address the timber currently in place in similar situations. If it isn’t safe for future use, it isn’t safe for current use. It is recommended that:

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