PURPLE-ban for all; GREEN gov't use restriction; RED conditional restricted use (e.g., near wetlands, etc)

View US Coal Tar Sealant Bans & Government Restrictions in a larger map.

For more information on a ban in a particular area, click on the links below the listed government body.

Follow this link for a list of documents which include actual proposed and adopted Bans.

Summary of Bans to Date:

  • First ban: Austin, Texas
  • First ban of any sealer above a PAH standard: Van Buren Township, MI
  • Federal district ban: Washington, D.C.
  • Largest municipal ban: San Antonio, Texas
  • Largest municipal ban with a PAH limit: Austin, TX
  • State bans: Washington, Minnesota and Maine (Effective 10/2024).
  • County bans: Dane, Wisconsin; Montgomery, MD; Prince George’s, MD; Anne Arundel, MD and Suffolk, NY
  • State with most local bans: Minnesota (29) until the Minnesota statewide ban went into effect in 2014.
  • Number of states/districts with a ban within the boundaries of the state: 10 (Texas, Wisconsin, New York, Washington, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota and District of Columbia)
  • Number of states/districts with known restrictions within the boundaries of the state: 17 (Texas, Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, California, Kansas, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, Connecticut and Missouri)A

This list covers communities with an outright prohibition on the use of coal tar sealants.

*An asterisk denotes those which have a high PAH ban.

Albertville, MN

Almont, MI

Good News: Coal tar ban in Almont first in Clinton River Watershed!

Annapolis, MD

*Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Tackles “No Brainer” Coal Tar Sealer Problem

*Ann Arbor Township, MI

Anne Arundel County, MD
Maryland: the Coal Tar ‘Free State
Anne Arundel Coal Tar Sealer Ban Official

Austin, TX

Austin Emerging from a Coal Tar Sealer Stuper
Austin Ban Illustrates Prudent Pollution Prevention
Austin Now a Million Pounds Lighter
Industry “Study” Says Ban Has No Effect

Bayside, WI

Bee Cave, TX

Brown Deer, WI

Buffalo, MN
Add Buffalo, MN to List of Coal Tar Sealant Bans

Cannon Falls, MN
Cannon Falls Out of Love with Coal Tar Sealants

Centerville, MN
“Bans Won’t Affect Business in Long-Term” says MN Sealant CEO

Circle Pines, MN

Deerfield, IL
Dexter, MI

Elk River, MN

Elm Grove, WI

Evanston, IL

Falcon Heights, MN
Falcon Heights Sets Its Sights on Being Coal Tar Free

Franklin, WI

Glendale, WI

Glenview, IL

Golden Valley, MN

Green Bay, WI

Greendale, WI

Greenfield, WI

Greenville, SC
South Carolina’s First Coal Tar Sealer Ban is Now on the Books!

Grosse Ille, MI

Hales Corners, WI

*Hamburg Township, MI

Highland Park, IL

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Howard County, MD

Hutchinson, MN

Inver Grove Heights, MN
Cleanup Costs “Huge Problem,” Drives Another Minnesota Town Toward a Coal Tar Sealant Ban
12th Minnesota Town Says “NO” to Coal Tar Sealants

Laketon Township, MI

Little Canada, MN

Oh Canada Passes Coal Tar Sealant Ban

Lowes Stores Throughout US
TODAY Health Recommendation: Keep Toxins Out of Your House; Stop Using Coal Tar Sealants

State of Maine (Effective 10/2024)

Manitowoc, WI

Maplewood, MN

Matthews, NC

Medina, MN

*Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, City of Lakes, Now 2nd Largest US City with Coal Tar Sealant Ban

State of Minnesota
Big Day for Coal Tar Sealant Legislation in 4 States; Minnesota Quietly Passes Nation’s Second Statewide Coal Tar Sealer Ban
2nd State Ban of Coal Tar Sealant Nears as Minnesota Legislature Acts
Minnesota’s Statewide Ban of Coal Tar Sealants Clears the House
A Legislator’s View of Minnesota’s Proposed Coal Tar Sealant Ban
Renewed Calls For Statewide Ban of Coal Tar Sealants in Minnesota

Montgomery County, MD
The Million Marylander Measure: Suburban DC County Emerges with the State’s First Coal Tar Sealant Ban

Mount Prospect, IL

New Hope, MN

Newport, MN
Newport News: 20th Minnesota Sealant Ban Passed!

Northbrook, IL

*North Barrington, IL

Oak Creek, WI

Oakdale, MN

Pinckney, MI

*Pittsfield Township, MI

Plymouth, WI

Port Barrington, IL

Port Washington, WI

Prince George’s County, MD

Prior Lake, MN
Prior Lake Now 8th Minnesotata City to Ban Coal Tar Sealants

Prince George’s County, MD

Racine, WI

Riverwoods, IL

Rosemount, MN
16th Minnesota Community to Pass a Coal Tar Sealer Ban: Rosemount

Roseville, MN
Roseville, MN: No More Peddling Coal Tar Here!

San Antonio, TX
Video Summary of San Antonio’s Historic Vote
TX Doctors’ Prescription for San Antonio: Ban Coal Tar Sealers
Coal Tar Sealers Are a Net Financial Burden

San Marcos, TX
“Common-sense” Coal Tar Ban Passes in San Marcos, TX

*Scio Township, MI

Sheboygan, WI

Shoreview, MN
Bans Keep Rolling in Minnesota; Shoreview Now the 17th

Shorewood, MN
Two More Minnesota Communities Pass Bans Last Night

Shorewood, WI

*South Barrington, IL
Illinois Community Passes State’s First Outright Coal Tar Sealer Ban

Spring Lake Township, MI

St. Francis, WI

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Suffolk County, NY
Industry Whiffs at Ban Veto Pitch in Suffolk County
Key Long Island County Rejects Coal Tar Sealants

Tower Lakes, IL

Vadnais Heights, MN

*Van Buren Township, MI
New Sealer Alternatives Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to be

Waconia Springs, MN

Washington, DC
DC Ban Violator Successfully Removes Toxic Sealant!
DC Ban a Prototype of Future Federal Action?

State of Washington
“We Are the First, We Won’t Be the Last,” Ban Officially Passes Washington Legislature!
America Responds to Washington Ban
Washington State Ban Official Today! Bans Now Affect Nearly 9 Million!

Wauwatosa, WI

West Allis, WI

*West Bloomfield Township, MI

White Bear Lake, MN
Cleanup Costs “Huge Problem,” Drives Another Minnesota Town Toward a Coal Tar Sealant Ban

West St. Paul, MN

Westwood, MA
Westwood: MA’s First Ban of Coal Tar Sealers!

Wilmette, IL
“Lesson in Good Government” Leads Suburban Chicago Community to Ban Coal Tar Sealers


Woodland, MN
Two More Minnesota Communities Pass Ban Last Night

*Wolverine Lake, MI

*Ypsilanti, MI

Thanks Ypsilanti, Huron River Watershed Now 40% Coal-Tar Free

RESTRICTED USE JURISDICTIONS This list covers jurisdictions where special restrictions limiting the use of coal tar sealants are in effect.

Andover, MA
Andover Wetland Regulations

Boone, NC
Tar Heel Town Tackles Toxic Sealant
Another Coal Tar Sealant Spill

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Wicked Wetland Regs Limit Coal Tar Sealant Use

Sudbury, MA

This list covers jurisdictions that have restricted the use of coal tar only by the jurisdictions themselves and not their constituents.

Albert Township, Lewiston, MI

Byron Township, Byron Center, MI

Branson, MO

CalTrans (California’s department of transportation)
California on the Road to Being Coal Tar Free!

Clark Township, Cedarville, MI

State of Connecticut
Thanks to @GovMalloyOffice, Connecticut’s coal tar ban starts 10/1/2017!

DuPage County/Salt Creek Work Group (IL)
(representing about 1,000,000 463,000 citizens in suburban Chicago)
Chicago Area Watershed Group Adds Another Million Citizens Under Government Use Restrictions
Chicagoland: Home of the Most Toxic Creeks in the US?
Members pledging not to use coal tar sealants:

  • Village of Addison
  • Village of Carol Stream
  • The County of DuPage
  • The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
  • Glenbard Wastewater Authority
  • The Village of Lombard
  • Wheaton Sanitary District
  • The City of Elmhurst
  • The City of Naperville
  • The Village of Bloomingdale
  • Downers Grove Sanitary District
  • Village of Woodridge
  • Village of Downers Grove
  • The Conservation Foundation
  • Village of Westmont
Erie Township, Erie, MI
Fruitland Township, Whitehall, MI

Lake in the Hills, IL
Chicago Tribune: Toxic Goop on Driveway May Be Tracked Into Home

Laketon Township, Muskegon, MI

McHenry County, IL
Great New Resource for Coal Tar Info

State of New York
Changed Empire State of Mind Toward Coal Tar Sealers

University of Michigan

State of Minnesota (prior to 2014)
UConn PAH Seminar: Human Cancer Risks Unacceptable; More New Challenges for Coal Tar Sealants

Pomfret, CT

Powell Township, Big Bay MI

Village of Saint Charles, Saint Charles, MI

Village of Shepherd, Shepherd, MI

Spring Grove, IL

Springfield, MO
Unofficial USGS Video Series Now Online

White River Township, Montague, MI

Whitehall Township, Whitehall, MI