javascript:; Livestream of San Antonio City Council Discussion of Ban: June 30, 2016 at 9am CST | Coal Tar Free America

We are bringing our readers our first livestream event of what may become the nation's largest city to ban toxic coal tar sealers. Please leave comments below during the feed. If you look at this after the broadcast, then for a time, you will just see what is streaming from the City of San Antonio's website. After the full video is made public, then the complete or salient portions of the Council proceedings will be presented along with the comments by our viewers.

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Coal Tar Free America said... June 30, 2016 at 8:01 AM

In San Antonio now, hoping for a historic day.

Anonymous said... June 30, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Sir. I am the lady that took your picture today and made a smart comment. So not Christian like so I apologize. I feel sorry for you and I am sad that you have chosen to lie for a living. But that is not for me to judge. God bless you. Read Joshua 1 verse 9. Is what the Lord gave me very early this morning because I couldn't sleep worrring about this subject. Anyway let me tell you who I am. Proud owner of sealcoating supplies. A supplier of coal tar sealcoat

Coal Tar Free America said... July 1, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Ms. Navarrete,

Apology accepted. And yes I am familiar with the Bible verse you quoted:

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Did you know that I come from a family that owned and operated a roofing company for nearly 100 years? That the best roofs we put down were made of coal tar and asbestos? We were using left-over coal tar from a local coking oven. Recycling starting in the 1920's!

Even though we knew of the short term hazards of coal tar exposure (burning skin, conjunctivitis), it only re-enforced the perception of its potency like the bitterness of strong medicine.

We should not be too quick to judge the past through the lens of the present.

I am afraid that some of the discussion about sealers in San Antonio had an over-emphasis on water supply effects. That was apparent from Mr. Cravens' comments. But if the exposure of a child to house dust living next to a coal tar sealed surface is at hazardous levels, then why even talk about water supply? Perhaps that is where some of your dismay comes from.

It is natural to have a hard time with this reality if you have been selling this product for years. As a 4th generation user of coal tar in business, I get that.

May I encourage to freshly look at the product, not all the he saids and she saids about watersheds and water supplies. That is where it is apparent to me that the PCTC is trying to avoid these facts:

1. Coal tar is a known human carcinogen.

2. The first cancers ever produced in a lab were done on rabbit ears with a topical application of coal tar about 100 years ago.

3. Without a special exception from the EPA, coal tar would be classified as a hazardous waste.

4. Some industry folks have falsely claimed refined coal tar has a lot less PAHs in it, but that is not true.

5. Coal tar sealers have the highest concentration of PAHs of any mobile urban source. Do you agree with this?

6. This is a simple test for the mutagenic properties of anything that has PAHs in it. It is called the Ames Test. I have challenged the industry to test coal tar sealers with this test, but they have not. If they did like this researcher from Mobil Oil, then they would find it contains some of the highest levels of mutagens possible.

Can you agree with this information?

Sorry that you think that I lie for a living. I would encourage you to find one thing on this website or what I testified yesterday that is a lie. That is not what is intended. Most of what is presented here is an aggregation of research and actions by others.