Ban Sought for Pavement Sealants

The Clean Water Action Council is hosting two programs in Door County about pavement-sealant safety, both presented by the council’s president and executive director, Dean Hoegger.

One type of sealant – coal tar pavement sealant – is used extensively in Wisconsin to maintain and protect driveway and parking-lot asphalt pavement. These sealants are a known health risk to humans – especially to children – and they’re harmful to aquatic organisms.

During the presentation, attendees will hear recordings from a doctor and scientist about these risks, from the owner of a seal-coating company about safe and effective alternatives to coal tar–based sealants, and from area officials about why local action is needed to ban this product.

Presentations are scheduled for May 25, 7-8 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay; and June 1, 7-8 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42) in Ephraim.

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