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Where can I find information on wood treated with creosote?

"Creosote is a wood preservative used for commercial purposes only; it has no registered residential uses. Creosote is obtained from high temperature distillation of coal tar (itself a mixture of hundreds of organic substances), and over 100 components in creosote have been identified. It is used as a fungicide, insecticide, miticide, and sporicide to protect wood and is applied by pressure methods to wood products, primarily utility poles and railroad ties.

EPA reassessed creosote as part of its reregistration program for older pesticides. The Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for creosote was signed on September 25, 2008. Federal law directs EPA to periodically reevaluate older pesticides to ensure that they continue to meet current safety standards. More information, including the RED itself, is available at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/chemicals/creosote_main.htm. 

The above text is excerpted from EPA's Web page Creosote and its Use as a Wood Preservative: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/chemicals/creosote_main.htm

View Pesticides Preliminary Risk Assessment for Creosote: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/chemicals/creosote_prelim_risk_assess.htm  

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also provides consumer information on creosote at the following page:

Creosote: What is it? What are the risks?
http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/comm_exec/forms_pubs/pubs/gi/gi-285.html  Exit EPA Disclaimer

For general information on creosote, please contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC). NPIC is an EPA-sponsored hotline which provides a variety of impartial information on all pesticides. NPIC provides chemical, health and environmental information on the 600+ active ingredients incorporated into over 50,000 different pesticide products, toxicological information, product label information, cleanup and disposal procedures, and general information on the regulations of pesticides in the United States. The NPIC also receives complaints about pesticides and pesticide applications. 

NPIC’s page on Creososte Wood Preservatives: http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/treatwood/creosote.html

You may reach the hotline between 6:30 am - 4:30 pm (PST), 7 days a week.

Website: National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), http://npic.orst.edu/
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-858-7378
E-mail: npic@ace.orst.edu

Mailing Address:
National Pesticide Information Center
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333 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502

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  • Topic #: 23002-24197
  • Date Created: 5/19/2005
  • Last Modified Since: 10/9/2014
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