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2012 Coal Tar Freedom Review: American Emancipation Continues 2012 Coal Tar Freedom Review: American Emancipation Continues

2012 marked advancements in our understanding of the science of coal tar sealant pollution, greater legislative restrictions on its use an...

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New Coal Tar Sealer Ban in Texas Dwarfs "Big D" in Area New Coal Tar Sealer Ban in Texas Dwarfs "Big D" in Area

Details of November's decision by the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) to ban coal tar based sealants in sensitive areas are becoming a b...

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Shorewood, MN's Coal-Tar-Free Gift to Lake Christmas Delayed Shorewood, MN's Coal-Tar-Free Gift to Lake Christmas Delayed

Last night, Shorewood, Minnesota delayed making a final vote on a coal tar sealant ban in order to tighten up the language of the ordinance....

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"Nasty Surprise" Awaits Communities with Coal Tar Sealant Pollution "Nasty Surprise" Awaits Communities with Coal Tar Sealant Pollution

Expensive cleanup costs of stormwater ponds throughout Minnesota constitute a "nasty surprise" according to one Minnesota League...

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Michigan Moves to Ban Coal Tar Sealants...Again Michigan Moves to Ban Coal Tar Sealants...Again

For the second time in the  last 3 years, the State of Michigan has begun the process to ban coal tar sealers from use in the entire sta...

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New Study: Cancer Risks Shown "Significant" For Children Near Coal Tar Sealant Dust/Dirt New Study: Cancer Risks Shown "Significant" For Children Near Coal Tar Sealant Dust/Dirt

In a just released study with the USGS, a Baylor toxicologist has shown that cancer risks to children (ages 0 to 6) with exposures to dust...

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Show-Me State Study: Coal Tar Sealants Pervasive Stream Problem Show-Me State Study: Coal Tar Sealants Pervasive Stream Problem

A just-released study of coal tar sealants by Missouri State University agrees with other scientific findings across the US and Canada that...

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Texas Aquifer District Stomps Out Coal Tar in Sensitive Zones Texas Aquifer District Stomps Out Coal Tar in Sensitive Zones

Earlier today the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) voted to ban coal-tar  sealcoat from two of its most sensitive areas.  Originally the Di...

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US EPA Releases New Info on Coal Tar Sealant Pollution US EPA Releases New Info on Coal Tar Sealant Pollution

The USEPA just released a new publication on their website with the above title. It is intended to assist communities in "Good Hous...

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Canadians Find Overlooked Chemical in Coal Tar Sealants  "May Constitute a Danger.. to Human Life or Health" Canadians Find Overlooked Chemical in Coal Tar Sealants "May Constitute a Danger.. to Human Life or Health"

The Canadian government recently called for closer scrutiny of a chemical called "quinoline" entering the environment . To my know...

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Texas Doctors Support Coal Tar Sealant Restrictions Texas Doctors Support Coal Tar Sealant Restrictions

In a landmark move, a Texas-based group of doctors and health care providers has adopted language in support of banning coal tar pavement se...

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Election 2012: A View from the Parking Lot Election 2012: A View from the Parking Lot

As the dust settles over the most expensive presidential election in our nation's history, one may ask, "how did candidates fare th...

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Human Health, Coal Tar Sealants, & PAHs: the State of the Science Human Health, Coal Tar Sealants, & PAHs: the State of the Science

                                                                             While our understanding continues to develop on coal tar se...

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Paint It Black by the USGS Band Paint It Black by the USGS Band

Well if you're hoping for a Rolling Stones' song here you may be disappointed.  However the United States Geological Survey (USG...

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Industry Quietly Drops Coal Tar Sealant Standard Industry Quietly Drops Coal Tar Sealant Standard

In a move that may signal a further weakening of the coal tar sealant industry, one of their standards for residential applications recentl...

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First Known Federal Agency Goes Coal Tar Free First Known Federal Agency Goes Coal Tar Free

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey;  Department of the Interior/USGS;  U.S. Geological Survey/photo by P.K. Cascio According the Bill Fulk,...

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New Report Calls for "Decisive Action" to Address Sealant Residue in the Mighty Mississippi New Report Calls for "Decisive Action" to Address Sealant Residue in the Mighty Mississippi

Decisive action is needed to address PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) from coal tar pavement sealants and other contaminants of con...

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Another Coal Tar Sealer Extinction Factor: Fuel Resistant Alternatives Another Coal Tar Sealer Extinction Factor: Fuel Resistant Alternatives

Sealcoaters around the country privately admit that the days of coal tar sealants are numbered. Long term users refer to it as a dinosaur fa...

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Air Quality and Coal Tar Pavement Sealers, the State of the Science Air Quality and Coal Tar Pavement Sealers, the State of the Science

There is an abundance of research on the air quality impacts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's).   While much of the work has ...

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The Million Marylander Measure: Suburban DC County Emerges with the State's First Coal Tar Sealant Ban The Million Marylander Measure: Suburban DC County Emerges with the State's First Coal Tar Sealant Ban

The Great Falls of the Potomac in Montgomery County, Maryland Earlier today Montgomery County, Maryland (pop. 971,000) passed the State...

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Texas-sized Aquifer District Hears All Hat and No Cattle Presentation from Industry Texas-sized Aquifer District Hears All Hat and No Cattle Presentation from Industry

Earlier today the Pavement Coating Technology Council (PCTC) presented their version of coal tar sealant reality to the Edwards Aquifer Au...

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