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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.

To read the full article, click here.

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.

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.

USGS Feature: CTS a Major Source of PAHs

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Here's an excerpt from the article:

Several PAHs are probable human carcinogens, and many are toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Coal tar, which can cause cancer in humans, is made up of more than 50 percent PAHs. 

The rest of the article can be read at:

http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/coal-tar-sealcoat-a-major-source-of-pahs-to-air-and-to-children-living-nearby/

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