Coal-Tar Sealants

Local Information

  Presentations to City Council
Local Study
The City contracted with the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute at Missouri State University to conduct a study of PAH concentrations and sources in local waterways. The Final Report (pdf) was completed in October 2012.

Information & Other Studies
In an effort to provide unbiased, scientific information, we have only listed links to publications by government agencies and peer-reviewed scientific journals. Some journal articles are available as abstracts only but the full articles can be accessed at the Missouri State University library.

The USGS website provides a good summary of information and an up to date list of peer-reviewed publications.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Effects of PAHs on Aquatic Life
Studies on the Environmental & Human Health Impacts of Pavement Sealants
The first 2 publications provide good summaries of the research to date.
Other Links
Other Community / State Experience
As of Sept 2012, there are bans in 29 cities/counties in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Illinois, and Maryland as well as Washington, D.C., and the State of Washington.
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