Reid Calls for Restrictions on Toxic WoodFebruary 7, 2002
OTTAWA – Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark-Carleton, made the following statement today in the House of Commons.
Mr. Scott Reid (Lanark-Carleton, Canadian Alliance): Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call attention to a very serious environmental and health issue.
Health Canada has still not issued the report that it started ten years ago on the dangers of wood that has been treated with chromated copper arsenic (CCA).
Arsenic and chromium are listed as ‘toxic’ substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, yet CCA pressure treated wood continues to be used throughout Canada for building purposes.
CCA is proven to leach from the pressure treated wood, and can lead to serious debilitating illness. Yet this toxic wood is still used in our homes, decks, and children’s playgrounds.
Other forms of pressure treatment that do not involve chromium or arsenic are now available. CCA has been banned or restricted by six countries. It is time that Canada address this issue, and give serious consideration to ending the use of CCA-treated wood for any purpose in which it can contaminate environments in which Canadians live, work, and play.
For more information or to speak with Mr. Reid
Please call (613) 257-8130 or (613) 947-2277.
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