Why Are Minnesota Cities Filing This Case First?

Minnesota cities are the first to systematically address the problem and to incur disposal costs. Part of this is due to the statewide ban, which also evidences the state’s concern for human and ecosystem health. While in the ponds, sediment coal tar waste does not create a public health concern. But it could if the sediment, once dredged, was not properly disposed of in contained landfills. That is why the cost of disposal is so high. Moreover, statewide thousands of ponds still need to be dredged; it is important to address the issue now before tens of millions of dollars in costs are incurred.

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1. Why Do Cities Have Stormwater Ponds?
2. Why Do Cities Have To Test For PAHs?
3. What Is Coal Tar?
4. What Is Coal Tar Sealant?
5. How Does Coal Tar Sealant Migrate From Driveways And Parking Lots And Into Stormwater Ponds?
6. Did The Refiners And Sealant Manufacturers Know Their Product Would Erode?
7. Is Coal Tar Waste Toxic?
8. Are There Alternatives To Coal Tar Sealant, And Were There Alternatives Before The Minnesota Ban?
9. Will Residents Who Used Coal Tar Sealants On Their Driveways Be Responsible For Damages In This Lawsuit?
10. Why Litigation?
11. Why Are Minnesota Cities Filing This Case First?
12. What Damages Are The Cities Seeking?