Environmental Impacts of Treated Wood

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Timothy G. Townsend, Helena Solo-Gabriele
CRC Press, Jun 2, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 520 pages
Due to the extensive use of treated wood products throughout urban and agricultural communities, information concerning the environmental and health risks associated with treated wood is very much in demand. Responding to increasing need for a comprehensive and cohesive source on this topic, Environmental Impacts of Treated Wood compiles the latest information concerning regulations, environmental impact studies, new wood preservative formulations, and state-of-the-art disposal technologies available for minimizing environmental impacts caused by treated wood.

Beginning with a background of the production of the most common treated wood products, this book discusses how chemical leaching and transport of certain wood preservatives affect the environment, particularly chromated copper arsenate. A separate section is devoted to case studies that evaluate possible links with cancer and other health risks with repeated exposure to treated wood. Several chapters discuss ways to measure exposure and review various approaches to risk assessment and management. Because treated wood products last a long time, the book also considers the disposal of treated wood in terms of human and environmental impact. It explores novel disposal technologies and practical strategies for complying with regulatory phase-outs of certain treated wood products within the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and many Asian countries. These include recycling, bioremediation, thermal treatment, and landfills.

Environmental Impacts of Treated Wood provides a timely compilation of perspectives necessary for making informed, conscientious decisions in the production, use, and disposal of treated woods that will minimize the environmental impact and human exposure risks associated with treated wood products today.

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1 Chromated Copper Arsenate as a Wood Preservative
Alternatives for Chromated Copper Arsenate Creosote and Pentachlorophenol
3 Regulations in the European Union with Emphasis on Germany Sweden and Slovenia
4 The Production and Management of Wood Treated with ChromatedCopperArsenate in Asia and Oceania with Emphasis on Australia India Japan a...
5 Study Design Considerations in Evaluating Environmental Impacts
6 Leaching of Chromated Copper Arsenate Alkaline Copper Quaternary and Copper Azole Components from Wood Exposed to Natural Weathering...
7 Elemental Speciation and Environmental Importance Associated with Wood Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate
8 Modeling the Leaching of Inorganic Components of Wood Preservatives in Service
A Review of Risk Assessment Approaches
16 Effect of Coatings on ChromatedCopperArsenate Leaching from Wood in a Soil Environment
17 Treated Wood Managing the Risk
18 Identification of Wood Treated with Waterborne MetalBased Preservatives
19 The Reuse of Treated Wood
20 Recycling of Wood Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate into Composite Construction Materials
21 Recycling of PreservativeTreated Wood Using Chemical Extraction Technologies
22 Bioremediation of Treated Wood with Bacteria

9 The Impact of Wood Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate on Soil
10 Effects of Wood Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate on Aquatic Biota
11 Impacts of Wood Preservatives on Settlement and Growth of Fouling Organisms
12 Arsenic Release and Exposure from Lumber Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate
13 Use of the Synthetic Wipe Method for Estimating Dislodgeable Arsenic and Evaluating the Physical Factors That Affect the Levels of Potential E...
the Incidence of ArsenicRelated Cancers during the Era of Widespread Use of Wood Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate in the US
23 Bioremediation of Treated Wood with Fungi
24 Electrodialytic Remediation of Wood Treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate and Its Residues from Thermal Treatment
25 Thermal Treatment Technologies for Treated Wood
26 Disposal of PreservativeTreated Wood in Landfills

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Townsend is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida.

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