"Cook County Board outlaws retail sale and commercial use of coal tar sealant" via The Daily Line

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a measure outlawing the retail sale and commercial application of coal tar sealant on asphalt pavement, a move which advocates say will mitigate further introduction of toxic pollutants into the environment.

Barbara Hill from the Northwest Cook County Group of Sierra Club Illinois applauded the county board after the ban passed. “Cook County now joins the ranks of U.S. communities representing over 47 million people that have passed bans on coal tar sealants to protect the health of their citizens and local waterways,” Hill said in a statement. “Eliminating toxic pavement products makes it safer for kids to play in their communities, protects aquatic life, and keeps toxic PAH pollution out of our waterways.”

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