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Where can I find information on wood treated with creosote?

“Creosote is derived from the distillation of tar from wood or coal. Pesticide products containing creosote as the active ingredient are used to protect wood against termites, fungi, mites and other pests that can degrade or threaten the integrity of wood products. It is used in outdoor settings such as in railroad ties and utility poles”. You will find this and additional information about cresosote in the following Web page:

Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products – Creosote


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
Oregon State University
333 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502

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  • Topic #: 23002-24197
  • Date Created: 05:19:2005
  • Last Modified Since: 04:29:2015
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