Coal-tar ban moves forward

City Council approved first reading of a new ordinance banning coal-tar pavement sealents in the city.
Coal-tar-based sealants contain Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, which is dangerous to people and natural waterways, said Council member Susan Wylie.
The ordinance would prohibit use or sale of the sealants. Asphalt-based sealants containing less than 0.1 percent PAH would still be allowed.
If approved for second reading at the next City Council meeting, the ordinance would take effect 20 days after publication.