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2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 24, 2020 - Introduced by Senators Cowles, Miller, Testin, Olsen,
Petrowski, Ringhand, Risser, Smith and Wanggaard, cosponsored by
Representatives Kitchens, Pope, Summerfield, Novak, Shankland, Hebl,
Felzkowski, Anderson, Ballweg, Billings, Cabrera, Considine, Dittrich,
Doyle, Edming, Emerson, Gruszynski, Kolste, Kulp, Magnafici, Milroy,
Mursau, Neubauer, Ohnstad, Petryk, Quinn, Ramthun, Sargent, Sinicki,
Skowronski, Spreitzer, Steffen, Stubbs, Stuck, Subeck, Swearingen, C.
, Tranel, Tusler, Vining, Vruwink, Zamarripa, Zimmerman, Hintz,
Plumer and Born. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.
SB716,1,2 1An Act to create 299.48 of the statutes; relating to: prohibiting the sale and
2use of coal tar-based sealants and high PAH sealant products.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill prohibits the sale of coal tar-based sealant products and high PAH
sealant products (products with more than 0.1 percent polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons by weight) beginning January 1, 2021, and prohibits the use of such
products beginning July 1, 2021. A person who violates these prohibitions is subject
to the same penalty that applies under current law to other general environmental
provisions, which is a forfeiture of between $10 and $5,000 for each violation.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB716,1 3Section 1. 299.48 of the statutes is created to read:
SB716,1,4 4299.48 Sale and use of coal tar sealants. (1) Definitions. In this section:
SB716,2,25 (a) “Coal tar sealant product” means a surface applied sealing product
6containing coal tar, coal tar pitch, coal tar pitch volatiles, or any variation assigned

1the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number 65996-93-2, 65996-89-6, or
SB716,2,43 (b) “High PAH sealant product” means a surface applied sealant product that
4contains more than 0.1 percent polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by weight.
SB716,2,7 5(2) Prohibitions. (a) Beginning January 1, 2021, no person may sell or offer
6for sale a coal tar sealant product or high PAH sealant product, except as provided
7in sub. (3).
SB716,2,98 (b) Beginning July 1, 2021, no person may apply or otherwise use a coal tar
9sealant product or high PAH sealant product, except as provided in sub. (3).
SB716,2,11 10(3) Exemptions. The department may grant an exemption to the prohibitions
11under sub. (2) to any of the following upon written request:
SB716,2,1312 (a) A person who is researching the effects of a coal tar sealant product or high
13PAH sealant product on the environment.
SB716,2,1514 (b) A person who is developing an alternative technology if the use of a coal tar
15sealant product or high PAH sealant product is required for research or development.
SB716,2,1616 (End)