Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a bill Thursday to partially ban a wood preservative linked to health and environmental problems.
The law will partially end the manufacture, sale and use of creosote, a mixture of chemicals derived by high-temperature treatment of coal, tar or wood. It will phase out the manufacture, sale and use of creosote as of Jan. 1, 2008, and after Jan. 1, 2010, for existing marinas and other facilities used for the berthing, mooring and storage of vessels.
It provides exemptions for the largest users of creosote, such as railroads and utilities.
- Gannett News Service