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Following a recent column about mulch from treated lumber, I received this email from Tom Hardman.
"I read with interest your article about mulch and agree with you on the habit many have to pile mulch like a volcano around a tree. Thank you for alerting readers. Also I liked your comment about matching the mulch color to the brick.
"There is another topic that I'd like you to consider. Chromated copper arsenate-treated lumber has received a bad rap."
Hardman cited the Environmental Protection Agency's website, showing that CCA-treated wood was formerly banned from use in marine (saltwater or brackish water), but that ban has been revised.
"It is acceptable to use CCA to treat wood for marine construction in saltwater or brackish water, for such things as pilings and submerged crossbracing," the new guidelines state.
Hardman adds: "I've always wondered, if CCA is so bad, why does the U.S. government still allow the treatment to be used in such a sensitive marine environment? If it is such hazard, would not our fragile marine species show some ill effects of living on and around CCA-treated pilings and other submerged structures? I haven't seen any reports of arsenic in seafood. Have you? In fact, CCA treatment is the product most often specified by the federal and state government for below-ground use in parks and other outdoor uses.
"I was told by a manufacturer of CCA that the reason the industry agreed with the EPA to voluntarily convert to other chemicals is the fear of litigation. Many lawsuits had been filed concerning children being exposed to playground equipment, decks, etc. This exposure led to a perceived harm by the litigants. No suits had been successful, but with the news coverage, etc., this led them to believe it was only a matter of time.
"There was great fear about this product, and I believe it to be unjustified."
Tom, thanks for the information. Any readers have information about this material?
Hummingbirds and butterflies
Town & Country Supply, 4400 First Ave., Nitro, will host a seminar on attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 23. Call 304-755-3520 for information.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.