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Environment USA Today article: Toxic driveways? Cities ban coal tar sealants

JNA

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/06/16/toxic-driveways-cities-states-ban-coal-tar-pavement-sealants/2028661/

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These sealants, used mostly in the eastern half of the USA to beautify pavement and extend its life, contain up to 35% coal tar pitch, which the National Toxicology Program considers a human carcinogen

Last month, Minnesota became the second state — after Washington — to ban pavement sealants that contain coal tar, and the New York Assembly passed a similar bill.

Officials are acting to limit the cost of removing and disposing of contaminated sediment in waterways. They've passed bans in recent years in dozens of cities and counties in Minnesota, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Texas, New York, Maryland and Washington state. Others, in six additional states, have restricted use.

Some of its toxic compounds evaporate into the air, which is why sealed parking lots give off a strong odor.
Do you know your fair community's position on this ?
Does it not make you wonder when you smell a freshly sealed parking lot ?
 

AG74683

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The town I went to college in banned the use of coal tar sealant about 2 years ago. What actually caused them to ban the use of the sealant was an incident that killed a large amount of fish in one of the streams near a bank. Basically the company applying the sealant applied it while it was raining, causing everything to run off into the stream :r:

Short article on that here (http://appvoices.org/2011/02/16/boone-limits-coal-tar-sealants-fish-and-river-lovers-celebrate/) Yeah, the town is chock full of "those" kinds of people seen in the photo.
 

ColoGI

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Do you know your fair community's position on this ?
Does it not make you wonder when you smell a freshly sealed parking lot ?
And asphalt off-gassing contributes precursor chemicals to smog, in addition to the potential for goop to go into surface waters.
 

DVD

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My county would see a regulation like that as a huge overstep of the government and Obama trying to put his Agenda 21 goals into our fair county. At the same time it's not a problem since most residents would question why someone would want to waste money on a paved driveway.

I do like Doctor Santa and bug girl in the pictures.
 
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