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The ordinance simply states that "the use of coal-tar sealcoat is no longer allowed" as described in the Staff Report to the Planning Commission in August. The ordinance itself says about the same thing: "the use of coal-tar sealcoat is prohibited." The City confirmed that the ordinance went into effect immediately.
This ban marks the 15th state in the United States to have a jurisdiction pass a ban within its borders. This may not be the easiest jurisdiction to enforce a ban. It is likely that the majority of sealant used in South Carolina is coal tar and to be successful, the City will need a thorough communications strategy for the community. Check out this previous post, A Worry-Free Guide to Implementing a Coal Tar Sealant Ban for some additional suggestions. We applaud Greenville for its forward thinking and hope that this rule will have a positive influence on Greenville and the surrounding communities.