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Response to O'Reilly et al. (2014)

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Recently, O'Reilly et al. (2014) provided a review of environmental forensic techniques for source characterization and identification of pyrogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments. They also provided an example case study pertaining to refined tar‐based sealers [commonly known as coal tar‐based sealants (CT‐sealants)] to support their contention that CT‐sealants are not a significant source of PAHs in urban sediments and thus should not be the subject of source control policies. Several government jurisdictions in the U.S. have banned the sale and use of CT‐sealants, including the states of Minnesota and Washington. In addition, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency determined CT‐sealants are a major source of PAHs in storm water pond sediments from the Minneapolis‐St. Paul, MN metropolitan area (Crane 2014). Integr Environ Assess Manag © 2014 SETAC

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