Public Notices

Environmental Conservation Board
Head of the Harbor Village Hall
500 North Country Rd. St. James NY

Phone: 631-584-5550  
Merle Neidell, Chair
April 2015
V. A. Maggipinto
April 2014
Peter Polchinski
April 2014
Maggie Holland
April 2014
Giovannia Curti
April 2015

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in February of this year that arsenic-treated lumber routinely used on outdoor playsets can cause cancer.  It is the first time the government has so clearly recognized the danger of this common wood preservative.  Arsenic-treated lumber is used in nearly 90 percent of all backyard decks and wooden playsets as well as on docks and in retaining walls.  It can leach out of the wood for up to 20 years.

The Environmental Working group offers simple home tests for a small fee that can tell how much arsenic is on a deck, play-set, or picnic table and how much is in the soil below.  Visit to order a kit and for information on pressure-treated lumber.

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