- coal tar
- asphalt-based sealants
In Lake in the Hills 89% of the driveways are sealed with coal tar.
The dangerous chemical is benzo(a)pyrene.
“… researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey found that driveway dust,” according to the Chicago Tribune, contained “…5,300 times higher than the level that triggers an EPA Superfund cleanup at polluted industrial sites.”
Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne wrote,
“In Lake in the Hills, officials posted a one-page brochure at Village Hall outlining the difference between coal tar- and asphalt-based sealants. The village stopped using coal tar sealants on its own property but declined to ban them outright.
“‘We’ve already solved the problem,’ said Gerald Sagona, the village administrator.”