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Wood Preservatives Lawsuit

Beyond Pesticides Sues EPA to Ban Arsenic and Dioxin-Laden Wood Preservatives - On December 10, 2002, a lawsuit was filed in federal court by a national labor union, environmental groups and a victim family to stop the use of arsenic and dioxin-laden wood preservatives, which are used to treat lumber, utility poles and railroad ties. The litigation charges that the chemicals, known carcinogenic agents, hurt utility workers exposed to treated poles, children playing near treated structures, and the environment, and cites the availability of alternatives.