An information war has been simmering in the U.K. over the risk of leukemia from exposure to benzene in unleaded gasoline.
Associated Octel Co. Ltd., Milton Keynes, U.K., manufacturer of lead based additives for gasoline, is pitted against oil companies.
The argument centers on a government report on air quality standards. This recommended legislating a maximum average benzene in air level of 5 ppb, which should later be reduced to 1 ppb.
Octel said the report dramatically undermines the reputation of unleaded gasoline as a "green" fuel. It said unleaded fuel should be used only in cars fitted with a catalytic converter....