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Q: Thousands of rr ties on property in Ontario Co NY purchased approx 10 years ago.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Environmental for New York on
Answered on Feb 22, 2018
Greta Katrin Kolcon's answer
Historically, railroad ties were often treated with creosote to preserve wood from rotting quickly. The EPA has determined that coal tar creosote is a probable human carcinogen, meaning that it is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.

Although there are special rules for railroads and utilities, in general in New York, railroad ties treated with creosote cannot be sold, burned, or disposed of unless in compliance with a permitted facility. This link will take you to the...

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