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Creosote is found in railroad ties, some treated wood and utility poles. Creosote is the name used for a variety of products: wood creosote, coal tar creosote, coal tar, coal tar pitch, and coal tar pitch volatiles. These products are mixtures of many chemicals created by burning of beech and other woods, coal, or from the resin of the creosote bush. Some components of creosote dissolve in water and may move through the soil to groundwater. Components of creosote that do not dissolve in water will remain in place in a tar-like mass. Once in groundwater, it may take years for it to break down. Creosote can build up in plants and animals. We do not know what happens to wood creosote when it enters the environment. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that creosote is probably carcinogenic to humans and the EPA has declared it a "restricted use pesticide".


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