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Work to ban coal-tar-based sealants continues

Clear Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin Executive Director Dean Hoegger thought you would have seen a ban on some dangerous pavement sealants by now.


Many coal-tar-based pavement sealants contain the carcinogen PAH, which over time can have a negative impact on kids and aquatic life alike. Many sealant companies do not realize the products they are using have PAH in them and that the cost savings of one over the other do not exist as much. 


Hoegger says getting the information to communities and their residents is crucial as the state has stalled out in recent years to issue a statewide ban, relying on individual municipalities to do the work.

Algoma, Luxemburg, and Sturgeon Bay have already passed bans in their communities in recent years following presentations made by Hoegger and others.


The Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin and 100+ Women Who Care of Door County are sponsoring two presentations discussing the negative impact of coal-tar-based pavement sealants on May 25th at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay and June 1st at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Sister Bay. Both presentations will begin at 8 p.m.

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