New Research Finds EPA Not Enforcing the Clean Air Act

New Research Finds EPA Not Enforcing the Clean Air Act

Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was directed to reduce mobile source air pollution to the greatest degree possible. But a new research project conducted by the Urban Air Initiative found that not only is mobile source air pollution still a significant problem, but there’s a direct effort to block the development of cleaner options.

The research project titled “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” reveals a disturbing pattern of the EPA working with petroleum interests and endangering the health of the public they are charged with protecting.

The issue at hand is simple: There is a war going on over what you put in your vehicle’s gas tank.  Right now, at least 25% of gasoline contains toxic aromatics such as benzene or toluene. These toxic aromatics are added to boost octane. However, a cleaner octane source is readily available such as biofuels.

The “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” series walks through the problems that toxic aromatics pose to public health. It also details the history behind the Clean Air Act and the efforts to improve gasoline quality while working to reduce our nation’s addiction to crude oil. Emails obtained through Freedom of Information requests uncover things such as flawed fuel testing that prevents consumers from accessing cleaner fuel options.

“The EPA is not fulfilling its mission to protect public health. Whether ignoring Congressional directives under the Clean Air Act or using bad science to discredit cleaner fuel options, it’s time for the public to demand change. With the potential of a national octane standard on the horizon, we cannot allow toxic aromatics to be the solution,” said Urban Air President Dave VanderGriend.

The Urban Air Initiative hopes you take the time to review this research which will reveal several different story angles. We are happy to answer questions or provide more information.