Flow diagram of coal to coal-tar-pitch process
Coal tar is a byproduct of the coking, liquefaction, or gasification of coal. Coal-tar pitch is the residue that remains after the distillation of coal tar. Coal tar and coal-tar pitch are used in coal-tar-based sealcoat products, although use of coal-tar pitch is more common than use of coal tar. Both coal tar and coal-tar pitch are known human carcinogens. Learn more about coal-tar-based sealcoat here.