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Record #: O2013-2557   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 4/10/2013 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 7-28 of by adding new Section 634 to prohibit sale and use of coal tar sealants
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Burns, William D.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 7 - Health & Safety - Ch. 28 Health Nuisances
Attachments: 1. O2013-2557.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs, including the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; and

WHEREAS, coal tar sealants are used on asphalt driveways and parking lots to protect surfaces from weathering; and

WHEREAS, coal tar contains high levels of benzo(a)pyrene and other toxic chemicals known collectively as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems; and

WHEREAS, in Lake of the Hills, approximately 50 miles northwest of Chicago, researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey found levels of benzo(a)pyrene, one of the most toxic chemicals in coal tar, in the dust from coal tar-covered driveways that were up to 5,300 times higher than the level that triggers a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund cleanup at polluted industrial sites; and

WHEREAS, other researchers have found significantly higher PAH levels in runoff from parking lots sealed with coal tar than in runoff from asphalt-sealed lots; and

WHEREAS, coal tar sealants have been banned in the state of Washington, counties in Maryland, New York and Wisconsin, the cities of Austin, Texas, South Barrington, Illinois, and over two dozen Minnesota cities; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Chicago hereby finds that it is in the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare to prohibit the sale and use of sealants containing coal tar; NOW THEREFORE


SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressly incorporated herein and made part hereof as though fully set forth herein.

SECTION 2. Chapter 7-28 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by inserting a ne...

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