Playground Wood Can Expose Children To Arsenic. A week of folly on some playground equipment can expose children to a lifetime’s worth of arsenic, environmental activists say, and the advocates want the federal government to do something about it.
Arsenic is one of the components of CCA — chromated copper arsenate — a preservative commonly applied to the pressure-treated wood used to build playground equipment.
CCA-Treated Wood Ban
Some environmentalists worry the chemicals could leach into the soil, exposing children to dangerous levels of toxic substances. They want the government to ban CCA-treated wood for playground equipment.
Industry groups and government agencies say the wood is safe. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to conduct a new study of CCA-treated wood and an inquiry into its use on children’s play equipment.