Legislation for another state ban of coal tar pavement sealants has now been introduced by the State of Minnesota. This is the third ban of its kind currently being considered in the US during this legislative season. Earlier this year, bills were introduced in New York and Michigan. To date, there hasn’t been a lot of action on these bills, but Minnesota, after a late start, has made some initial progress.
Minnehaha Falls, part of the Minnehaha Watershed District whose
representative spoke this week in favor of the statewide ban.
This week the proposed ban (HF 1423) was heard by the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee. More on that later.
We had a chance to get some feedback from the lead sponsor of the bill, Representative Rick Hansen.