Coal Tar-Based Sealants

Local Information


In November 2009, the Springfield-Greene County Environmental Advisory Board presented City Council with a letter regarding the board’s concerns about the use of coal tar-based pavement sealants. The issue was referred to the City Council Community Involvement Committee for further consideration.

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.

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.

Alternative Products