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Planning on sealing your drive way or parking lot?
Make sure you are using a sealant that does not contain coal tar. As of December 18, 2012, the use of pavement sealants containing coal tar is prohibited in Montgomery County.
Use of a coal-tar based sealant can subject the applicator and the property owner to a fine of up to $1,000. Download the coal tar informational flyer in English or Spanish.
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Before using a pavement sealant, check to make sure it does not contain:
There are numerous approved alternatives to coal tar based sealants, such as:
We are developing a list of alternative sealants.
For do-it-yourselfers, local home improvement stores carry asphalt-based or latex sealants.
For those hiring a contractor to perform the job, make sure you specify a product without coal tar. Ask to see the ingredient list of the product they are using. View a list of pavement sealant products that do not contain coal tar.
Coal tar, a byproduct of coal processing, contains high levels of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
You can help spread the word about the ban by sharing our informational flyer with your employees, building or property managers, homeowners’ association and neighbors.
Pavement Depot of Maryland
Latex-ite Airport Grade Driveway Sealer
Latex-ite Optimum Driveway Re-Surfacer
Latex-ite 4.75-Gal. Color Grade Blacktop Driveway Filler/Sealer
BLACK JACK Blacktop Driveway Sealer
BLACK JACK Blacktop Driveway Filler and Sealer
This list is provided only as a resource. Montgomery County does not endorse or make any recommendations regarding these products, or the companies that sell or use them.
Do you know of additional alternatives? Email us at email@example.com. If you are a company that provides alternatives to coal tar sealants, provide us with information about your products, as well as contact information for your company. We will list your information here.