Assemblymember Jared Huffman, with support from a host of California environmental organizations, successfully led this week's committee hearing to a 5 to 4 vote! Huffman compared the exposure to coal tar sealant dust to secondhand smoke and said that it only takes one parking lot with coal tar sealant on it to expose people to this risk.
An explanation of the science was given by Dr. Peter Van Metre of the USGS in just 3 minutes!
Whether the committee hearing would take place or not was a little uncertain. What compelled the chair, Bob Wieckowski, to change his position from blocking the legislation from being heard in committee is unknown. He voted against it nonetheless.
- Coal tar pavement sealant is a substance that is currently available to the citizens of California.
- Coal tar pavement sealants are clearly and undeniably toxic. No further research or debate is necessary.
- Alternatives to this product are many times less toxic and are currently available.
- It may be as many as 20 years before the Green Chemistry review will be ready to rule on this product.
This bill now goes on to the Appropriations Committee.