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U.S. Rep. Doggett Introduces Coal-Tar Sealants Ban

In response to mounting research, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D–Texas) introduced the Coal Tar Sealants Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 4166), along with four co-sponsors. The legislation specifies that, after enactment, manufacturing of coal tar sealants would phase out during the course of 1 year, distribution would stop after 1.5 years, and all sales would [...]

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EPA Study Lends Support to National Ban on Coal-tar Sealants

According to a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study, a ban on coal-tar sealants may be the most cost-effective means of controlling polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution in runoff. EPA showed that concentrations of PAHs in runoff from coal-tar sealants are 100 to 1,000 times greater than other sealants tested, and most PAHs are [...]

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Sen. Cardin Introduces Legislation to Reduce Roadway Runoff

Sen. Cardin (D-Md.) will today reintroduce legislation aimed at reducing runoff from highways and roads. The goal of the bill—the Safe Treatment of Polluted Stormwater Runoff (STOPS Runoff) Act—is to decrease water pollution resulting from roadways, which includes contaminants like brake dust, oil, road salts, heavy metals and more. STOPS Runoff would require federally funded highway and [...]

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Concens About PAH Contamination Could Lead To Sealant Ban

On April 14, the Water Environment Federation co-sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing on U.S. Geological Survey studies about polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from pavement sealcoat. Stormwater washes these PAHs into lakes and streams, where they can pose risks to humans and wildlife. In response to these and similar studies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and localities are [...]

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