The Problem

Do You Know What’s in Your Gas? Because It’s Harming Your Health

It’s a problem that’s too small to see but too big to ignore. Every day, we breathe in harmful emissions produced by our vehicles. At least 25 percent of gasoline contains aromatic compounds, which are known and suspected carcinogens such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX group). These aromatics are added to boost octane in gasoline and are being used as replacements for lead. Yet like lead, we know these aromatics are also extremely dangerous to our health. The EPA has even classified them as a hazardous air pollutant because they don’t fully combust and escape into the atmosphere.

So Why Are They Allowed in Gasoline?

From our perspective, the EPA has primarily focused on emissions from diesel and coal plants, ignoring gasoline emissions, which are actually the most harmful. UAI has been ringing the alarm for years hoping that the mounting body of health-related evidence will compel the EPA to act. The EPA not only has the authority to regulate air toxics but is required to do so under the 1990 Clean Air Act. UAI is pushing for changes to be made through improved public policy and public education.

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