Tell Governor Hochul to sign the ban on coal tar pavement sealers

   coal tar sealant
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (CC BY-NC 2.0)
In late April and June, the New York State Senate and Assembly respectively passed A.518-A/S.4095-B, which prohibits the sale of pavement products containing coal tar and high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. This legislation would provide crucial protection to human health and aquatic ecosystems. Now, the legislation sits on Governor Hochul's desk, awaiting her signature. Send her a message today urging her to sign the bill.

Did you know that coal tar pavement sealers are a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)? Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, are a class of very toxic and carcinogenic compounds which can be found in our lakes, streams, and even our homes. They are causing harm to human health and aquatic ecosystems.

Coal tar is the byproduct left over from the processing and distillation of coal. This byproduct comes in the form of a thick, toxic black sludge, which is extremely high in PAHs, and is the primary product used in coal tar-based pavement sealants. Coal tar pavement sealant is applied to driveways, parking lots, and even playgrounds to seal asphalt in order to “protect and beautify” the asphalt. Unfortunately, these sealants contain high concentrations of toxic PAHs.
Bans and local ordinances have been enacted by other states and municipalities including Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas, and Suffolk County here in New York. In New York, there is currently a government procurement ban for use of coal-tar sealants on stated owned driveways, parking lots and playgrounds.

Send a message to Governor Hochul and urge her to sign the legislation today.


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