- contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) "which are probable human carcinogens, having been identified as such by the Environmental Protection Agency" which are "toxic to aquatic life" and "present in pavement sealants, known as sealcoats, made from coal tar"
- "coal tar sealants are widely used on parking lot surfaces, airport runways, and driveways;"
- "research conducted by the United States Geological Survey indicates that elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on parking lots, where the dust may be tracked into homes and increase health risks, are associated with use of these coal tar sealants"
- "research conducted by the United States Geological Survey indicates that elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in waterways, where they are toxic to aquatic life and enter the food chain, are associated with use of these coal tar sealants;"
- "alternative, coal tar-free sealants are available in the marketplace, and nationwide retailers Lowe's and Home Depot have voluntarily committed to cease carrying coal tar sealants;"
- "Austin, TX, was the first municipality to enact a ban on the use of coal tar sealants, which went into effect in 2006, and other local governments have instated similar restrictions; and"
- "in 2011, Washington State became the first State to enact such a ban."
- Phase out of manufacturing in 1 year after enactment
- Distribution of coal tar sealant 1.5 years after enactment
- Cease all sales within 2.5 years after enactment.
The full text of the legislation is here.
- Congressman Jim McDermott, Washington
- Congressman Keith Ellison, Minnesota
- Congressman Mike Quigley, Illinois
- Congressman Bill Keating, Massachusetts
And by no means should local and statewide legislation cease. These will only serve to impress upon Congress the need for this legislation. Only after the signing of this bill into law, can we truly celebrate the end of a chapter in our toxic history.