The Pollution Problem
Air pollution from aromatics is harmful for all of us, but especially those driving through or living near high-traffic zones. This includes millions of people, from children on playgrounds to commuters in their cars to senior citizens.
Aromatics are added to gasoline to boost octane. As you drive, these toxins don’t fully combust and escape into the atmosphere as ultra-fine particulates. They persist in the air longer and are much smaller than fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), the EPA’s regulatory standard of air quality measurement.
Contrary to what the term ‘aromatics’ would infer as something pleasantly fragrant, it’s just the opposite. Petroleum refiners synthesize toxic substances called ‘aromatics’ from crude oil in order to increase gasoline octane levels. In fact, aromatics have been classified by the EPA as hazardous air pollutants.