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"It gets on your shoes and in the waterways, and once it's on your shoes, it gets into your own world," he said about coal tar sealants. "The danger isn't just the day its applied. There are airborne concerns. The best we can do is to stop using this product."

As a side benefit to quitting the use of coal tar sealants, Erdodi said it has been easier to recruit employees.

"I was amazed with how many potential employees were knowledgable about it," he said. "They know on their own. They are picking up on this. Coal tar burns your skin. You get 'pitch burn,' and I don't know anyone who the pitch didn't burn. The guys don't have that element anymore. And the odor is reduced, as well."

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