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Protecting Children Where They Play

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Children may face potential exposure to the pesticide chromated copper arsenate (CCA) used on wooden play structures. EPA negotiated with the wood treatment industry for the voluntarily elimination of virtually all residential uses of CCA treated lumber, including wood used in play-structures, decks, picnic tables, landscaping timbers, residential fencing, and patios.

CCA is intended to protect wood from dry rot, molds, termites, and other pests that threaten the integrity of wood products. CCA is a chemical compound containing inorganic arsenic, copper, and chromium and has been used for wood preservative uses since the 1940s.

Our chromated copper arsenate web pages provide more information about CCA, including alternatives to CCA and other wood preservatives and sealants.

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