Group Petitions EPA on CCA-Treated Wood Disposal

Washington, D.C. — Beyond Pesticides, an environmental and public health group, has urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the disposal of chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood in municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. Instead, the group wants the EPA to lift CCA-treated wood's exemption and require that it be sent to hazardous waste landfills.

The petition was filed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). In February, the EPA signed an agreement with CCA-treated wood manufacturers to phase out certain uses of the wood by the end of the year.