The Commonwealth of Massachusetts joins eight other states and districts with an outright ban of coal tar pavement sealers by a community within its borders! On May 4, 2015 the Town of Westwood, with an appropriate moniker “Committed to Service,” passed the Commonwealth’s first ban of this product.
Westwood (population 14,000) is a picturesque, historic community once listed among the top 20 places to live in the United States. This isn’t the first community of this caliber to ban coal tar. Could it be that great communities, don’t just happen, but require true leadership which looks out for the good of all of its citizens? And banning this product is just a natural outgrowth of what those kind of communities do?
Technically only paved surfaces which drain to the MS4 (which stands for municipal separate storm sewer system) are regulated, but federal law defines this to also include ditches, curbs, gutters, storm sewers, and similar means of collecting or conveying runoff that do not connect with a wastewater collection system or treatment plant. Given that definition most of any community would be covered by a ban.
The model ordinance can be found here.