Are you thinking about a new deck for that backyard barbecue?  Well if so, you might want to build it quickly as new regulations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission may double the cost in the near future.  At issue is the use of chromated copper arsenate, used to preserve wood decking, but alleged to cause an increased risk of cancer.  Yet according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the research to support such a ban on the preservative is not peer reviewed, and worse, exaggerates the risk by 6 to 56 times the EPA own estimates.  With the new regs also impacting costs for local community and daycare center playgrounds, it looks like its time to hit the deck, literally, from this latest abuse of junk science.

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