Researcher says reducing benzene in gasoline will save lives

(Colwich, KS- May 22, 2015) A health researcher publicly stated this week that reducing toxins like benzene in gasoline would improve public health. This is a huge step forward in the work of Urban Air Initiative to replace aromatics like benzene in gasoline with ethanol to reduce toxic emissions and improve air quality and public health.

A research associate with the Endocrine Discruption Exchange (TEDX) recently found new eveidence that shows exposure to chemicals in the BTEX group, which include benzene, tolulene, ethylbeneze and xylene are harmful to ones health even at at levels deemed ‘safe’ by the EPA. The research found that exposure is associated with sperm abnormalities, reduced fetal growth, low birth weight, cardiovascular disease, respiratory dysfunction and asthma.

Researcher Ashley Bolden says this is very concerning for public health because BTEX chemicals are so common. She believes the accepted exposure levels should be reevaluated by the EPA in order to protect the public.

While exposure to BTEX chemicals can be found both indoors and outdoors, she mentioned a large contribitor is the burning of gasoline. And her research also found higher concentrations of BTEX toxins close to oil and gas drilling locations.

She suggested that one of the best way to reduce exposure would be to replace the BTEX chemicals in gasoline with safer alternatives. Her research didn’t go into what those alternatives would be, but UAI has the research that proves ethanol can replace these toxins and still provide the needed octane for vehicles while reducing exposure to BTEX toxins.