Scientific Panel Publishes Recommendations for CCA-Treated Wood

Washington, D.C. -- A panel of scientific experts has submitted its recommendations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the EPA's process of determining risks to children from exposure to the chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood used in many playground structures.

The panel's recommendations are designed to help the EPA determine what additional data and/or revised risk assessment procedures should be used. As advised by the panel, the EPA has begun to develop a probabilistic model for assessing exposure to CCA-treated wood. The EPA also will consider the panel's recommendations to strengthen the risk assessment methodologies and is continuing work on the comprehensive reassessment of CCA-treated wood.

The panel's report is available at