Tell your lawmakers: Support ban on high-PAH pavement sealants

Tell your lawmakers: Support ban on high-PAH pavement sealants

 

Pavement sealants—the jet-black coatings that get put on parking lots and driveways—may seem harmless. But some sealants contain high levels of toxic chemicals that pose major health risks to our kids and aquatic ecosystems.

Coal tar-based sealants contain high levels of toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. These cancer-causing toxins are harmful to humans, and they pollute our rivers and lakes where they affect fish, frogs, and other aquatic life.

Young children are the most vulnerable to health effects from PAH contamination from high-PAH sealants. Children living from birth to age 6 near parking lots treated with tar-based sealants are estimated to have a 14-times higher lifetime cancer risk.

This is extremely concerning, but the good news is that alternative products are widely available at a similar cost and effectiveness. Knowing this, many communities in Wisconsin and around the country have proactively protected their residents, lakes, and rivers by banning high-PAH pavement sealants. Currently, there are over 20 local ordinances in place in Wisconsin banning high-PAH pavement sealants.

Now, state lawmakers from the Assembly Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force, led by Rep. Joel Kitchens and Sen. Rob Cowles, have proposed a statewide ban on high-PAH sealants to address this source of toxic pollution.

We don’t need coal tar and other high-PAH sealants in Wisconsin. Tell your state lawmakers to support this bill to protect Wisconsin families and our beloved waters from PAH pollution.