Field staff (inspectors, investigators, biologists, etc.) for the Watershed Protection Department watch for sealant applications in progress and freshly sealed parking lots as they drive throughout the city on their other job duties. Whenever new sealant is found, it is screened for the presence of coal tar. Enforcement action is taken when coal tar-based pavement sealant is found applied after the ban was initiated. That enforcement action through municipal court typically involves remediation of the applied sealant. The requirement for remediation is full removal of the coal tar sealant. Besides remediation, legal action can include fines and jail time.
The city produces and disseminates educational materials to producers, applicators, buyers, and to the general public through various means. City staff also periodically checks distributors to monitor product on their shelves.
Citizens may call in suspected coal tar application to the City’s 24-Hour Pollution Hotline at 512-974-2550.