Petition against treated wood goes to Port council Monday night

  • Feb. 16, 2009 9:00 a.m.

Between 60 and 70 Port Clements residents have signed a petition asking the village to use untreated wood to refurbish the large public dock, says organizer Rosie Quigley. The petition will be presented at tonight’s council meeting, which starts at 7:30 pm in the new council chambers. Ms Quigley said she likely won’t be able to attend the meeting herself, because she is sensitive to the chemicals in the new building materials. Because she already lives with a chemical sensitivity, Ms Quigley was especially aware of the potential danger of the treated wood which the village voted last month to buy for the dock improvements. Ms Quigley said one of the ingredients used to treat wood is arsenic – an extremely poisonous substance which is also known to cause cancer. “This arsenic is going to be leaching into the ocean,” she said. “It’s not going to be good for kids playing on the dock.” Ms Quigley said she put together the petition on Thursday after reading the village newsletter, which asked residents to share their opinions on the treated lumber issue. According to the village, billions of board feet of lumber treated with ammoniacal copper zinc arsenate have been produced and used with no published reports of environmental damage in aquatic environments.