The Intersection of Food and Coal Tar

Scientists have been warning for years that a class of chemicals called PAHs found in candy is harmful to children. What's worse, this same chemical is found in coal tar sealant. Dust from tar-based sealed driveways can spread into a family's home and cause even more contamination.

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Posted on December 7, 2014 and filed under News Articles.

Coal Tar Free America Highlights Uptick in Bans

Within the past few months, western Michigan has seen an uptick in coal tar sealant bans in townships and other local communities. Michigan has been leading the US on this issue prior to, and this latest series of legislation demonstrates a clear trend against coal tar sealant. 

To read more on this article, see coaltarfreeamerica.blogspot.com/2014/11/western-michigan-communities

Posted on December 7, 2014 and filed under News Articles.

USGS: PAHs and Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat

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Here is an excerpt from the article: 

Coal-tar-based sealcoat products typically are 20 to 35 percent coal-tar pitch. Product analyses indicate that coal-tar-based sealcoat products contain about 50,000 mg/kg PAH - about 100 times more PAHs than in used motor oil and about 1,000 times more PAHs than sealcoat products with an asphalt base.

The rest of the article can be found at: 

http://tx.usgs.gov/sealcoat.html

Posted on January 13, 2014 .

City of Austin, TX: Public Hearing on Coal Tar Sealant Ban

In 2005, Austin TX held a presentation on the effects of CTS and the possibility of banning it within the city. This presentation, along with other public efforts, eventually led to the ban of coal tar sealer in the city.

 

Austin Presentation on Coal Tar Sealant Ban, Part I

 

Austin Presentation on Coal Tar Sealant Ban, Part II

Posted on January 10, 2014 and filed under Videos.

University of Wisconsin: Congressional Action Would Ban CTS

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Legislators from Texas, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, and Massachusetts as well as the nation’s major environmental advocacy groups, have introduced a bill to end the use of coal tar asphalt sealants in the US. 

Here is a link to the article:

http://fyi.uwex.edu/shwec/2012/03/13/congressional-action-would-ban-coal-tar-asphalt-sealants/

Posted on January 10, 2014 and filed under News Articles.

NBC News: Studies Show CTS Risk Higher Than Believed

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When you think of pollution, you might picture an industrial center like Camden, N.J., or Jersey City. But new research shows that when it comes to a potent class of cancer-causing toxic chemicals, many American parking lots are a lot worse.

A link to the article:

http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/02/17/10428845-studies-health-risk-from-toxic-pavement-sealant-greater-than-previously-believed

Posted on January 10, 2014 and filed under News Articles.

Austin TX, Oak Hill Gazette: CTS to be Removed from Playgrounds, Parking Lots

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AUSTIN -  Austin Independent School District will begin removing cancer-causing coal tar from its playgrounds and parking lots this summer, thus becoming what is reportedly the first entity in the country to tackle the problem...

The complete article can be found at:

http://oakhillgazette.com/featured/2012/03/aisd-to-remove-cancer-causing-coal-tar/#more

Posted on January 10, 2014 and filed under News Articles.

Springfield, MO: City Council Meeting on CTS Study

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A recent article in USA TODAY tells that while Springfield has studied coal tar sealant pollution there and debated it in great detail, no action has yet been taken. Former Mayor Pro-tem Dan Chiles asks this question of the current Springfield City Council: will the continued use of coal tar sealants affect the brand or image of Springfield? The city also has a collection of their findings available online at: www.springfieldmo.gov

Posted on January 10, 2014 and filed under Videos.