|"CSA"-coal tar sealant affected|
|from Site remediation planning and management by J. Andy Soesilo, Stephanie R. Wilson|
He presented a conservative, yet compelling look at the cancer risks for children coming into contact with coal tar sealants. While he stated that the excess cancer risk of 1 in 10,000 is theoretical and he'd like more research, it nonetheless is a strong indictment of a product that has no demonstrable pavement benefit and is not recommended for use by the Asphalt Institute.
Other new and information was presented that may hasten the demise of coal tar pavement sealants. More of the seminar will be presented in the future, but here are some take away points. Dr. Peter Van Metre of the USGS presented the results of a soon-to-be-published study of airborne releases of PAHs from coal tar sealants (CTS). As seen below, CTS annual emissions (1,000 Mg or 2,200,000 lbs) are greater than the entire US auto emissions (840 Mg or 1,848,000 lbs)! With the recent research on the effects of airborne PAHs and negative birth outcomes (weight, IQ), this should be another wake up call.
Below is a slide from a presenter from Minnesota, Randy Neprash, P.E. with the staggering estimate of what cleaning up the estimated coal tar sealant contaminated ponds in the Minneapolis area: $1 to $5 Billion! That's why many bans are happening there.
A video stream of the conference, along with the presenters' slides, can be found at http://mediasite.dl.uconn.edu/Mediasite/Viewer/?peid=c74edb04-b9c1-4882-afcc-4c7c69b3e236