Credit 3.4: Creosote Materials Removal
This credit encourages removal of creosote-treated pilings and creosoted beach debris.
Where this credit applies
This credit applies to any site with functional or derelict creosote-treated pilings, as well as sites with significant amounts of creosoted beach debris.
This credit offers 2 base points plus 2 bonus points.
|Creosote Materials Removal||
|Removal of one standing creosoted piling OR Removal of a minimum 400 lb (180 kg) of loose creosoted material||
|Removal of every additional standing creosoted piling OR every additional 200 lb (90 kg) of creosoted materials||
0.5 point up to a maximum of 2 points
How to proceed
Achieving this credit requires identifying whether you have any creosoted material on your property or adjacent beach, whether it can be safely removed and where it can be safely disposed. Steps to take include:
- Survey your beach and property to identify any creosote-treated wood, beach debris, or remnants from piling projects.
- Assess the condition of the creosoted material: is it readily accessible, or is it buried in sand or gravel such that extensive digging may be necessary? How much is there and will it need machinery to be removed?
- If there is a large amount and/or heavy equipment is needed to remove it, contact your local government or local environmental authority; they may be able to tell you the best way of removing it, or have a removal program themselves. You may need a permit to work on the beach.
- Take care to control erosion and sediment migration while removing buried creosote debris or remnants of piling projects.
- Determine disposal options. Creosoted material is considered hazardous waste in both Canada and the United States, and must be disposed at a hazardous waste facility. Your local government or environmental authority can tell you where to take this material, or alternatively, where it can be safely used.
Marine: This shows a failing creosote treated wooden bulkhead. (MSDG BR-19)
For more information
Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Guidelines to Protect Fish and Fish Habitat from Treated Wood Used in Aquatic Environments in the Pacific Region. Go to http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca and enter “treated wood” in the search box.
Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources Aquatic Restoration Program. Go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/AquaticClean-UpRestoration/Pages/aqr_restoration_program.aspx and click on Creosote Removal Program.
Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources. Marine Debris Fact Sheet: Creosote-Treated Wood. http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/marinedebris/upload/marine_debris_factsht_creosote-treating_wood.pdf
Holeman, M., B. Lyons, L. Kaufman, N. Rice, 2007. Creosote Beach Log Removal and Assessment of Leaching into Beach Sediments in Puget Sound. Puget Sound Georgia Basin Conference Proceedings. Available online: http://depts.washington.edu/uwconf/psgb/proceedings/papers/p9_holman.pdf