We have obtained a copy of the what the industry was distributing to legislators and it isn’t pulling any punches. They continued to propagate fear and falsehood in trying to defeat this legislation. Here’s why. The images are clipped directly from the industry’s one pager to defeat this legislation.
Marketing experts, paving professionals and industry leaders agree that the use of coal tar sealers is unnecessary and that the industry is thriving and growing even as restrictions on the use of coal tar continues to expand.
A market research company recently confirmed what one CEO of a sealer company said a few years ago: bans really won’t hurt the sealcoat business.
In the projected period through 2024, the industry is expected to experience “moderate growth” but “rising bans on coal tar-based sealers, the improved performance of asphalt-based sealers, and competitive pricing are expected to result in the increased consumption of bitumen and asphalt sealers…”
This is a frequent argument made by the industry. It is a faulty assumption in their logic. They assume that if an agency hasn’t officially moved to ban coal tar, then somehow that translates into it being a safe product. You can see that the lack of a ban hardly is an endorsement of its safety. It ignores that the USEPA has done the following:
- studied coal tar sealer runoff and found it toxic to aquatic life
- recommend that local bans are an effective way to address this pollution source
- sponsored a webinar on the science of coal tar sealer pollution
- published their own fact sheet to discourage its use
- rejected requests by the industry to discredit and retract support of the USGS research into coal tar sealer pollution
“The MOE [risks] associated with ingestion of house dust by children is considered potentially inadequate to protect these susceptible subpopulations.”
- Canada found sufficient grounds to ban coal tar sealers
- Cancer is not the only problem caused by PAHs from sources like coal tar sealers. They cause birth defects, learning disorders, behavior problems and trigger asthma. Not exactly safe.
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