What is coal tar?

Coal tar is a thick, black or brown liquid that is a byproduct of the carbonization of coal for the steel industry or the gasification of coal to make coal gas. Coal tar is a byproduct of the coking of coal for the steel industry and coal-tar pitch is the residue remaining after the distillation of coal tar. Coal-tar pitch is 50 percent or more Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) by weight and are a potential concern for human health and aquatic life.

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1. How is coal tar regulated by the Village?
2. What is the purpose of the ban?
3. Who does the ban affect?
4. When does the ban take effect?
5. What is coal tar?
6. What are PAHs?
7. What is coal tar used for?
8. What’s the problem with coal tar sealants?
9. What can I use instead of coal tar sealants?
10. What if I want to pave my driveway myself and not hire a pavement sealant professional?
11. How do I know if a paver uses coal tar sealants?
12. Do I need to be licensed to professionally pave driveways in the Village of Deerfield?
13. How do I get a pavement sealant professional license?
14. How much does a pavement sealant professional license cost?
15. What is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
16. Who can I contact if I have questions?