Iraq Oil Ministry Downplays Use of Lead in Petrol

Iraq's Ministry of Oil denied on Monday that the cause of Iraqi air pollution is the use of tetra ethyl lead (TEL) as an additive to the petrol used in cars.

The Ministry stressed that [imported] fuel does not contain this substance, while the locally produced petrol uses it only in small quantities.

TEL has been banned in Europe and the United States due to its link to brain damage in children.

Civil charges against two executives of the company Innospec, who were charged with bribing Iraqi officials for contracts to supply TEL, were settled in August.

(Source: Al SumariaTV)

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