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Greener Future With Canada’s Move to Ban Coal Tar & High PAH Sealant

Canada is on the verge of taking a significant environmental leap forward.The Canadian government, via its environmental agency comparable to the EPA, has announced a crucial decision: the phasing out of coal tar and high polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pavement sealants. With its two-tier regulation strategy, this bold step is slated to come into full effect by 2025.

This proactive move by Canada is not without a solid foundation. Scientific research across various Canadian cities, some of which have been covered by the media for over a decade, underscores the necessity of this ban. Interactions with an array of Canadian researchers, contractors, suppliers, and regulators have illuminated the path to this decision.

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Here are the key points:

  • A fundamental concern driving this ban is the toxicity of these substances to both human health and the natural environment. Extensive studies have shown that coal tar and high PAH sealant substances pose considerable risks.
  • The discussions and feedback from AMSA-USA have been instrumental, prompting a broader scope than initially considered. The targeted products now extend beyond coal tar items to include asphalt sealants, with PAH sealant levels surpassing the standard regulatory threshold of 0.1%.
  • Enacting this ban requires no further political discourse. Canadian laws permit establishing such regulations once the toxicity and prevalence of the substances are confirmed, along with the availability of alternative products.
  • The regulations also encompass a chemical commonly found in solvent-based paints, known as 2-butoxyethanol (2 BE), furthering the ban’s reach.
  • The prohibition on manufacturing and importing high PAH sealant products will commence on January 1, 2025. This includes specific regulations on products used on metal structures, whether buried or exposed.
  • The market must adapt swiftly, as the sales of these products are expected to cease by June 30, 2025. However, exceptions will be in place for industrial uses on exposed metal or exports until January 1, 2028.

This anticipated ban is more than a regulatory change. It reflects a commitment to safeguarding public health and preserving the environment for future generations. As Canada takes these strides, it addresses immediate concerns and sets a precedent for environmental policy.

The implications for industries and consumers are significant as we approach implementing these regulations. Canada’s stance is a beacon for environmental stewardship, showcasing the country’s dedication to a healthier, cleaner world.