By Seth Preston, Communication Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program
this good news about pulling old wood debris off some Puget Sound beaches.
That includes old pilings (like those shown in the photo) treated with toxic creosote and other marine debris tainted with the long-lasting substance.
For decades, creosote was used to coat wood pilings for docks and other structures
built in and over Puget Sound waters. The creosote protects the pilings – but
continues to leach slowly into the environment for years.