Petrol pollution worries royal commission

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1183
  1. N Craft

    Super unleaded petrol, which accounts for about 8% of petrol sales, is unsafe and should be banned, according to a new report from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. The commission reveals that unleaded super premium petrol typically has a much higher aromatics content (about 45%) than either premium leaded (about 30%) or premium unleaded (about 33%). The report recommends that the government should act not only to end the sale of unleaded super premium petrol but also to support a reduction in the permitted benzene content of petrol to 1%, from the current average in petrol sold in Britain of 2–3%.

    Evidence to the commission from sources including local authorities, environmental pressure groups, and individuals focused on …

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