Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
While the EPA says that the opinions of the presenters do not necessarily reflect an endorsement by the Agency, merely hosting the webinar is one of the strongest acknowledgements of coal tar sealant pollution yet. The EPA previously published a study that stated a ban of coal tar sealants may be the most effective means of dealing with this pollution source. A review of the report is here. Perhaps the next step by the EPA is to endorse the nationwide ban legislation by Congressman Lloyd Doggett that has been introduced in Congress.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|The La Brea Tar Pits aren't the only place with tar in California.|
- In spite of studies showing the toxic and carcinogenic effects of coal tar sealants, contractors in California have continued to deceive the public by advertising this substance as "environmentally-friendly" and "non-toxic." Consumer Alert: Contractor Deception on the Rise
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The US Department of the Interior (DOI), the parent department overseeing the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation, has control over more than 25% of the United States land area and includes enough roads to circle Earth more than 8 times. They are also the overseer department of the United States Geological Survey, which has done the bulk of scientific research into this area.
In a report released in March 2012 (report link), the DOI has begun to fulfill a federal requirement to address possible adverse impacts to minority or low-income communities. Their vision statement says the goal is "to provide outstanding management of the natural and cultural resources entrusted to us in a manner that is sustainable, equitable, accessible, and inclusive of all populations."
Coal tar sealant pollution injustice is mentioned as part of Goal #3:
The Department will, on its own or in collaboration with partners, identify and address environmental impacts that may result in disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority, low-income, or tribal populations.The report acknowledges coal tar sealant pollution in urban centers across the US, but specifically mentions the Anacostia River in and around Washington, DC. Here some species, like the bullhead catfish pictured above, have cancer at a rate of 2 out of every 3 fish and therefore are not recommended to eat. Only 8 ounces per month is recommended for large mouth bass! If this was your only affordable protein source, you can see how this negatively affects the poor.
The big question here is this: will this behemoth of an organization decide to eliminate the use of this product through all of its sub-departments and if so how effectively will this be communicated?
Posted by Coal Tar Free America at Sunday, May 13, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
At their April 16th meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to pass a ban of coal tar pavement sealants making it the 19th community to pass a ban in the State of Minnesota.
This location has been added to the Interactive Map of US Coal Tar Sealant Bans & Government Restrictions at this link: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211259233898219765587.0004bec3609047daca9fc&msa=0
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Yes, that is what we need in this country, some more people with energy, drive and passion for others and not just themselves. Who is Sam Sisisky?
I never met Sam, we only corresponded via phone and email, but let me tell you why we need more folks just like him.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
During the discussion of the ordinance at the April 17, 2012 meeting, City Manager Rick Getschow explained how this is both an environmental issue with contaminated ponds, but also an economic one. The State of Minnesota has pond clean-up grants available for communities that have passed bans. There was no opposition to this ordinance and was passed unanimously.
The ban is expected to go into effect immediately.