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Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal 
With over 80% of assemblymembers in favor, New York Assembly Bill A07854 has moved on to the New York Senate. The bill calls for the phase-out of both the sale and application of coal tar pavement sealants.

"I am proud that the Assembly has passed my legislation, which would prohibit the sale and use of pavement products containing coal tar. As byproducts of coal processing, coal tar contains high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), many of which are known human carcinogens," said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal.

"When applied on driveways and parking lots, PAHs can contaminate local water supplies. Not only do these substances jeopardize our fish and aquatic life, but PAH contamination of household dust endangers small children who could accidentally ingest it. It is now up to the Senate to join the Assembly in passing legislation that will protect both the health of our environment and the health of the people of New York State."

Bill co-sponsors included:

Assemblymember Amy Paulin 
Assemblymember Barbara Lifton
Assemblyman Dean Murray
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
Assemblymember Joan L. Millman
Assemblyman Mark Weprin
Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera
Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried
Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti
Assemblymember Vivian E. Cook

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Anonymous said... June 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Great lets now put more people out of work

Anonymous said... August 3, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Funny how all these so-called dangerous products caused no harm to anyone of the WWII generation. They live today into their 90's and 100's. They used mercury, lead, freon, tar, etc. This scheme of environazis and the EPA is all for bogus purposes. It is all BS to give lawyers work and government control. Fight the EPA, demand TORT reform and vote Conservative in every local, State, and Federal election onward!
Think about it! If they really were concerned with the environment, safety, and health? They would secure the borders, stop all illegal drugs immediately, and teach children to go to church. Simple as that!

Anonymous said... August 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM

What a bunch of crappola! Typical liberal lies of BS! The environazis will NEVER stop people until every traditional American product, value, and way of life is ended using the biggest lies of pollution, safety and health. This is a push to control the populace and steal your money by forcing you to pay more for other products. The leftists and EPA get kickbacks to destroy one sector or company and pump a new one. Take back America! Punch a liberal in the face by voting for Conservatives in every local, State, and Federal election!

Coal Tar Free America said... August 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I wish it were so simple. Some of the people who worked with coal tar from this generation are long forgotten casualties of this chemical warfare. If the sealant industry were as pro-active as the retailers who have stopped selling this voluntarily, then there would be no reason for lawyers or regulators to get involved.

Adam Piche said... February 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Curious as to where you get your facts from? This proactive sealcoater wants to know if you use any face cream, shampoo, or prescription medicine? Chemical warfare, fun to type and oh so scary. Let's get real speak the truth not scare tactics!

Coal Tar Free America said... February 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM


Are there some specific facts that you want references for? This article is more about a news item, but if you want research, spend some time on this site and you will find plenty of unbiased, scientific basis for the problem of coal tar sealant pollution.

Concerning prescription meds and coal tar, these products are used by specific people with detailed dosage levels which will ultimately be discharged to a treatment facility, but coal tar pavement sealants are cast onto pavement and then into the environment in an uncontrolled and untreated manner. Big difference.

Adam Piche said... February 25, 2013 at 5:51 PM

From everything I have read in the last 12 hours (forgive me if I am behind but I am a very fast learner) it seems that years later your data in Austin yields no differnce in pha levels. have you been back since 08?..can't find anything on the topic. I read nuetrogena's health report on there being no adverse health effects for coal tar which is used in a number of over the counter products. is your problem with crude oil, coal tar or rt-12? I have also read that pha in sealer does not release from the sealer once cured...not attacking, just out for the truth(thank you)

Coal Tar Free America said... February 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM


The City of Austin said in at a 2005 press conference after the ban was passed that it was expected to take at least 10 years to see a change. The USGS has made similar statements based upon the phase out of other chemicals.

Yes the City of Austin reported last year their statistics on PAHs in local streams at a EPA Webinar. Mateo Scoggins showed a slide that saide "Still early to make any conclusions
Legacy sources, PAH character is older
Some watersheds showing decreases
Many are variable with no trends"

The problem is with coal tar containing pavement sealers.

Several investigations have shown dried coal tar sealant is still toxic and the PAHs are available to do damage. I have never seen a study that says to the contrary. What is your source that it doesn't release after drying?