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USWAG Treated Wood Activities. Jim Roewer, USWAG APPA Supply Management Conference May 2, 2007. USWAG Overview. USWAG engages in regulatory advocacy pertaining to RCRA, TSCA, and HMTA

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uswag treated wood activities

USWAGTreated Wood Activities

Jim Roewer, USWAG

APPA Supply Management Conference

May 2, 2007

uswag overview
USWAG Overview
  • USWAG engages in regulatory advocacy pertaining to RCRA, TSCA, and HMTA
  • USWAG’s Mission is to address the regulation of utility wastes, byproducts and materials in a manner that protects human health and the environment and is consistent with the business needs of its members
  • Comprised of over 80 utilities, power producers, energy companies and utility trade associations
treated wood activities goals
Treated WoodActivities & Goals
  • Working to preserve the continued availability of treated wood for industrial uses
  • Maintain the option of secondary use of poles & crossarms
  • Maintain the non-hazardous waste status of discarded treated wood
uswag treated wood guidelines
USWAG Treated Wood Guidelines
  • Developed in response to regulatory/policy pressures
  • Demonstrates industry commitment to treated wood product stewardship
  • Consistent with utility practices
  • Supports continued use of treated wood products
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USWAG Treated Wood Guidelines
  • Purchasing Policies to Reflect Treatment Standards
  • Evaluate Alternatives to Treated Wood
  • Re-Use Treated Wood Within Utility System
  • Provide Notification to Secondary Use
  • Properly Dispose of Treated Wood
  • Explore Alternative Management Options
  • Ensure Program Awareness
  • Coordinate With Other Industry Groups
establish purchasing policies that reflect appropriate treatment standards
Establish purchasing policies that reflect appropriate treatment standards
  • Companies should endeavor to have purchasing documents, specifications, or procedures requiring that new treated wood products meet AWPA standards or specific utility company requirements
  • Addresses bleeding, leaching concerns
evaluate where applicable treated wood alternatives
Evaluate, where applicable, treated wood alternatives
  • Treated wood preferred product
  • Reliability & cost concerns paramount
  • Alternatives may be used depending on specific concerns
  • Company-specific factors, customer needs, structural support requirements, and economic impacts affect decision

Assessment of Treated Wood


Alternate Materials for Utility Poles


Final Report, June 2004

Prepared for

Electric Power Research Institute

3412 Hillview Avenue

Palo Alto, California 94304

EPRI Project Manager

M.E. McLearn

Transmission and Distribution Soil and Water Issues

Utility Solid Waste Activities Group

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fifth Floor

Washington, D.C. 20004-2696

USWAG Project Manager

J.R. Roewer

USWAG Executive Director

reuse treated wood products within the utility system
Reuse treated wood products within the utility system
  • Life extension (e.g., groundline treatment of in-service poles)
  • Reuse of poles to reduce the amount of treated wood removed from service and purchase of new treated wood products
Ensure that secondary users are informed with regard to the proper handling, use, and disposal of treated wood products
  • Secondary use applications conserve natural resources and landfill space
  • Provide information to secondary users re appropriate handling, use, and ultimate disposal
  • Ensure stewardship through treated wood life
secondary use information may include
Secondary Use Information May Include:
  • Caution: This wood has been treated with an EPA registered wood preservative and may contain chromated copper arsenate, pentachlorophenol, creosote, or other registered wood preservatives
  • Wear a dust mask and goggles when cutting or sanding treated wood
  •  Wear gloves when working with treated wood
  • Ask for the consumer safety information sheet or other safety information that may be available
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Secondary Use Information May Include:
  • Do not use treated wood in circumstances where there may be direct contact with domestic animals or livestock which may crib (bite) or lick the wood
  • Do not use treated wood in circumstances where the wood may become a component of food or animal feed, such as structures or containers for storing silage or food
  • Ensure that the treated wood is properly disposed of after its intended use. Removal and disposal by ordinary trash collection is generally acceptable, though it may advisable to check with local officials regarding proper disposal options
arrange for proper disposal of treated wood that is not reused
Arrange for proper disposal of treated wood that is not reused
  • Treated wood destined for disposal rather than reuse is managed in accordance with Federal and State laws governing solid waste disposal
continue to explore and utilize alternative management options
Continue to explore and utilize alternative management options
  • Secondary use (sale or donation to the public) critical option
  • Secondary use consistent with EPA’s preferred policy of resource conservation and reuse
  • USWAG will explore and expand alternative reuse/recycling and disposal options
options for disposal reuse
Options for Disposal/Reuse
  • Sale/Donation for Reuse
  • Dimensional Lumber
  • Paper Manufacture
  • Energy Recovery
  • Incinceration
  • Chipping/Composting
  • Landfilling
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Options for Disposal/Reuse
  • Sale/Donation for Reuse
    • Most Popular Option
    • CIS/CSIS Information Transfer
    • End Use concerns
options for disposal reuse2
Options for Disposal/Reuse
  • Dimensional Lumber
    • Remanufacturing Issues
    • End Use Concerns
  • Paper Manufacture
    • Preservative Extraction Issues
    • Non-commercial Scale
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Options for Disposal/Reuse
  • Energy Recovery
    • Air Permitting Issues
    • Regulation & Management of Ash Issues
  • Incineration
    • Air Permitting Issues
    • Regulation of Ash
    • Costs >> Energy Recovery
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Options for Disposal/Reuse
  • Chipping/Composting
    • Not Common Practice
    • Use as Daily Cover
    • Leachability Issues
  • Landfilling
    • Second Most Frequently Used Option
    • Costs = f (Landfill Capacity)
ensure program awareness
Ensure program awareness
  • Establish system to ensure personnel are aware of and understand the guidelines
  • Ensure guidelines are understood and supported at all levels of the company.
continue to coordinate with other industry groups
Continue to coordinate with other industry groups
  • Telecommunications & railroad industries
  • Encourage adoption of treated wood management guidelines
  • Ensure the proper management of treated wood products by all groups
treated wood guidelines
Treated Wood Guidelines
  • Submitted to EPA
  • Under review by EPA OCG, OSW, OPPT
  • Draft MOU between EPA & USWAG
  • Referenced in GLBTS status report
  • Finalization?
uswag goals
  • Preserve Use Options
  • Continued Disposal as Non-hazardous Waste
  • Maintain Secondary Use Options