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Record #: O2017-3273   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 4/19/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 7-28 by adding new Section 7-28-634 to prohibit sale and use of coal tar sealants
Sponsors: Waguespack, Scott, Arena, John
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 7 - Health & Safety - Ch. 28 Health Nuisances
Attachments: 1. O2017-3273.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
April 19, 2017 City Council Meeting


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

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

WHEREAS, coal tar sealants are widely used in the City of Chicago, and can be found everywhere from driveways to school playgrounds; and

WHEREAS, more than 85 million tons of coal tar based sealants are used in the United States every year; and

WHEREAS, the wide use of coal tar sealants also results in contamination of water through run-off; and

WHEREAS, whereas coal tar contains high levels of toxic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH); and

WHEREAS, exposure to the chemicals in coal tar are proven to cause such health problems as birth defects and an increased risk of lung, skin, bladder, and respiratory cancers, especially among children who are exposed to PAHs; and

WHEREAS, three cities in Illinois have enacted outright bans on the use of coal tar sealants, and numerous other counties and municipalities have adopted partial bans; and

WHEREAS, statewide bans of coal tar sealants have been enacted in Washington and Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, in 2016, the American Medical Association recommended that legislation be enacted to ban the use of sealants containing PAHs, such as coal tar sealants due to the grave health and environmental risk presented by PAHs, 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 the underscored language in...

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