Stanford bill would ban coal tar sealants found in Lake Ballinger

Our friends at  have a follow-up story to the report that the largest contributor to the rise of a toxic pollutant in urban lakes and reservoirs across America — including our own Lake Ballinger — is a black sealant sprayed on driveways, playgrounds and parking lots.

State Rep. Derek Stanford, D-1st District, has co-sponsored a bill that would ban the coal tar sealants that have been a source of pollution. House Bill 1721 would prohibit the sale of coal-tar sealants after Jan. 1, 2012, and ban the application of such products after July 1, 2012.

The bill would be the first state-level legislation in the country to ban coal tar sealant.

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