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The American Coatings Association (ACA) appears to have either a short memory or a change of heart. In 2011, their own website announced "ACA will not be advocating against state and local coal tar driveway sealer bans"  because of "concern that these sealants emit high concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) that may impact fish and aquatic wildlife." However, a just-released, industry-generated advocacy piece includes ACA as opposing the ban of coal tar sealer products in the State of Illinois. A portion of that document is shown below and the entire flier can be seen at this link.

We covered that story in 2011 in a post entitled, Industry Group Vows Neutrality on Coal Tar Bans. What has changed since then? There is more science to support outlawing this practice than ever. Air quality issues and cancer risks to children have been further defined. Just like many things, promises are easy to make and harder to keep.

It has been more than a week now that ACA was contacted for a comment. None has been received at the time of this writing. A renewed commitment by the American Coatings Association would be welcome.

The ACA is said to represent over 1,000 member companies.

The original release by the ACA is included below.


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Anonymous said... March 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Looks like ACA got paid off, wonder if that is where the owner of gem seal delegated the quarter million he donated of his own money to fight for continued pah coal tar pollution ? Commonly used in shampoos lol pctc should use it everyday to burn their scalps , while they are doing that grab a radio isotope and carry that around every day as radiation cures cancer to right? May as well get all the radiation they can and expose us as they carry it around !

Anonymous said... March 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Ban or no ban people should just avoid using coal tar sealants. Just tell the contractor you hire please do not use toxic coal sealer to seal my asphalt driveway or parking lot.If they argue call someone else, it's your asphalt driveway or parking lot sealcoating project. Insist they use a safer product, search for non coal tar driveway sealer on the internet, most areas have it available and there are contractors that apply AE ( Asphalt Emulsion) type sealers. They don't cost more, safer for you and your children, blacker in color, better for the eco system, and they last the 2-3 year re-seal cycle the other sealer last as well. I say its a no brainer to just avoid the high pah coal tar sealers and refined coal tar blends in our neighborhoods. Tell everyone you know and call your state reps and let them know you want coal tar asphalt driveway and parking lot sealants banned in your area/state. Coal tar manufacturers only care about money, not our health or eco system. Someone in ACA and the others probably do get kick backs

Anonymous said... March 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM

So is the picture of that child what happens when coal tar sealers are used on driveways....talk about propaganda.


prop·a·gan·da

noun

noun: propaganda; noun: Propaganda

1.
derogatory
information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

Coal Tar Free America said... March 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Concerning the use of this image, the intent here is to show the disappointment/anger of a child, who according to Baylor's research, represents the most affected party to exposure to coal tar sealants. We have shown restraint in not showing children with cancers thus far, but is that out of bounds? What was the labeling contemplated by regulators to convey cancer risks of cigarette smoking? Picutures of diseased lungs, etc.

Let's sanitize this issue by stopping the practice, not by whining about being misrepresented.

Coal Tar Free America said... March 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Concerning the use of this image, the intent here is to show the disappointment/anger of a child, who according to Baylor's research, represents the most affected party to exposure to coal tar sealants. We have shown restraint in not showing children with cancers thus far, but is that out of bounds? What was the labeling contemplated by regulators to convey cancer risks of cigarette smoking? Picutures of diseased lungs, etc.

Let's sanitize this issue by stopping the practice, not by whining about being misrepresented.

Anonymous said... March 28, 2014 at 12:10 AM

I seen a picture on this site of what coal tar does to the exposed human skin that's not "prop·a·gan·da" A young mans arms burned from reaching in toxic coal tar sealant tank. If it's healthy , why did it burn/destroy his skin?
Some people will say or hurt anyone to make a buck. No one ever said coal tar doesn't work , but it's not worth the risk. Same as asbestos , it was a good product too, but we found out the same about that product, not worth the risk. It had to banned , same as coal tar sealants needing to be banned nation wide. Simple use NON coal tar sealants.

 
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