LEAD Action News
LEAD Action News vol 9 no 1, August, 2008, Revised Version February, 2012, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
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Australia's Dirty Trade

Elizabeth O'Brien
Image: Elizabeth O’Brien wearing her t-shirt: “The LEAD Group calls for a UK export ban on alkyl lead for road-use petrol" as worn at 6GPM in Beijing 2008.
Photo: Alex Jewson.

At the United Nations Partnership for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) 6th Global Partnership Meeting (6GPM), in Beijing in April 2008, Elizabeth O’Brien called for a ban on the sale of the lead additive used to make leaded petrol for road vehicles.

The President of The LEAD Group recently told LEAD Action News that it was ‘scandalous’ that the British government still allowed the leaded petrol additive for motor vehicles to be manufactured in their country and exported to possibly 16 developing nations like Algeria, Iraq and Yemen. Ms O’Brien added that “Alkyl lead [tetra ethyl lead] is an organic lead compound added to unleaded petrol to make leaded petrol. What makes things worse is that Australia, it seems, is the source of the lead used to make the leaded petrol additive in the UK.” Ms O’Brien went on to say “that with one stroke of the legislator’s pen the Commonwealth could stop Australian companies being party to this pernicious trade which poisons millions of people each year.”

The multinational company Innospec Inc states the following on its website: ‘Our octane additives business is the world’s only producer of tetra ethyl lead (TEL). For over 60 years we have been producing this highly effective octane enhancer for automotive and aviation gasoline’. Also see Time for ban on export of Australian lead for petrol

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