TREATED LUMBER AND BIG CHANGES
On February 12, 2002, the EPA announced a voluntary decision by industry to move consumer use of treated lumber products away from a variety of pressure-treated wood that contains arsenic by December 31, 2003, in favor of new alternative wood preservatives. This transition affects virtually all residential uses of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate, also known as CCA, including wood used in play-structures, decks, picnic tables, landscaping timbers, residential fencing, patios, and walkways/boardwalks.
By January 2004, EPA will not allow CCA products for any of these residential uses. This decision will facilitate the voluntary transition to new alternative wood preservatives that do not contain arsenic in both the manufacturing and retail sectors. Although the Agency has not concluded that there is reasonable risk to the public form these products, the EPA does believe that any reduction in exposure to arsenic is desirable.
After December 31, 2003, suppliers of pressure-treated lumber will no longer be able to use CCA to treat wood intended for use in decks, picnic tables, landscaping timers, gazebos, residential fencing, patios, walkways/boardwalks, and play structures. Wood treated prior to this date, however, can still be used in residential settings. Previously built structures containing CCA-treated wood are not affected by this action.
TRI-STATE WATER GARDEN CLUB WATER GARDEN WALK
Saturday, July 27, 2002 from 9am to 3pm
Maps available after 8:30am Saturday, July 27 at Lynsey's Water Garden, 3250 Freeman Street in Fort Wayne. The cost is $3 per map.
The gardens are located in Southwest Fort Wayne and Allen County. The purpose of the walk is to share these lovely gardens with the community and exchange information and ideas about water gardens both large and small. Members of the club will be at each garden to answer questions about water gardening and the club. The contact person is Marilou Borne, 10130 Watterson Road, Churubusco, Indiana 46723