Removing Ethanol from Gas Increases Toxic Emissions
Many gas stations are promoting E0, or gasoline with zero percent ethanol. It not only costs more than regular gasoline which contains 10% ethanol, new data shows it also burns dirtier in your engine which then puts more toxic emissions into the air.
Urban Air Initiative tested every E0 in Wichita, Kansas and compared them to regular gasoline which contains 10% ethanol. The testing found toxic aromatics such as benzene and toluene were about 45% higher with E0. Benzene and toluene, which are known carcinogens, are added by oil refineries to boost octane in vehicles. However, these toxins create harmful emissions that cause air pollution which impact public health.
UAI knows this isn’t just a problem in Kansas. A recent study by the group Clean Fuels Omaha also found higher toxic emissions in Omaha, Nebraska with E0 compared to regular gasoline or E10.
The data is clear; adding ethanol to gasoline reduces toxic emissions, improves air quality and our health.