OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5884

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF COAL TAR SEALANTS ON STATE AND LOCAL HIGHWAYS.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits the use or application of sealants made from coal tar on any state or local highway. The transportation commissioner, together with the energy and environmental protection commissioner, may enforce the ban.

By law, a highway is any state or other public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, driveway, parkway, place or dedicated roadway for bus rapid transit service, under the control of the state or any of its political subdivisions, dedicated, appropriated, or opened to public travel or other use (CGS 14-1 (41)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Health Effects of Coal Tar

Numerous studies have found coal tars to be human carcinogens (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens, 14th edition, 2016).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

27

Nay

3

(02/22/2017)