Earlier this month we reported that a recent study showed that the largest contributor to the rise of a toxic pollutant in urban lakes and reservoirs across America is a black sealant sprayed on driveways, playgrounds and parking lots.
One of the lakes in the Seattle area with high levels of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) is Mountlake Terrace’s own Lake Ballinger.
PAH’s are a concern because they have been known to be toxic to fish and other wildflife. Several are probable human carcinogens.
1st LD Rep. Derek Stanfrod has co-sponsored a bill that would ban the coal tar sealants that have been a source of pollution. House Bill 1721 would prohibit the sale of coal-tar sealants after Jan. 1, 2012, and ban the application of such products after July 1, 2012.
The bill would be the first state-level legislation in the country to ban coal tar sealant.
Also co-sponsring the bill are Representatives Frockt, Kenney, Roberts and Fitzgibbon.
(Image: Parking Lot, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from awesomecool’s photostream)