Coal Tar Sealants are risky for our health and our children’s health, and here’s why. They contain up to 35 percent coal tar pitch, partially refined waste from steelmaking that is a known carcinogen. Among the chemicals of concern in the products are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which not only pose a cancer risk, but can trigger developmental problems and impair fertility, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Consider that most playgrounds and driveways, places where our children play, are paved then sealed on a regular basis. Acting to make a healthier choice is easy. Local home good stores sell sealant that does not contain coal tar, and service providers have alternatives as well. Simply request that a no coal tar sealant be used. Advocate at your school for a healthier alternative, and praise when a safe alternative is chosen.