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Forest Industry Responds To Concerns


Forest Industry Responds To Concerns About Cca Treated Timber

The NZ Forest Industries Council (NZFIC) supports government moves to seek an independent review of copper chrome arsenic (CCA) and other chemicals commonly used to protect timber against decay.

NZFIC chairman, Devon McLean and other industry leaders met with the Minister of Forestry, Hon Jim Sutton today to discuss the matter.

"The forestry industry understands the public's concern around the use of CCA treated timber, particularly in areas such as decks and playgrounds," says Mr McLean.

"CCA has been used in New Zealand for more than 50 years. The industry's view is that there are no significant human health or environmental risks arising from the use of CCA treated timber, provided it is treated and used properly. But it does need to be kept under review, particularly as alternatives to CCA come onto the market," he says.

"It is important also that we can give the public confidence that the continuing use of CCA treated timber poses no unreasonable risks. That's why we believe ERMA is the appropriate independent authority to undertake this review."

He says the industry will co-operate fully with ERMA to ensure a comprehensive review of all available information.


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